…McGreevey supports abortion rights and domestic partnerships. He also has made New Jersey one of the only states in the county to publicly fund stem cell research. All are issues opposed by the church.
Smith, in a speech excerpted on the diocese’s Web site, did not specify what “respect life issues” were giving him “great annoyance.”
“When he refers to himself as a devout Catholic and supports legislation and programs that are contrary to the teaching of the Holy Father and the bishops, he is not a devout Catholic,” Smith said, according to the Web site. “He cannot compromise what it means to be a Catholic. I speak, as your bishop, for the devout Catholics of the Diocese of Trenton. (Gov.) Jim McGreevey does not.”
Smith made the remarks during his homily March 27 at a Mass at St. James Church in Red Bank, reported the online version of the diocese newspaper, The Monitor.
A McGreevey spokesman said Saturday the governor declined to comment.
Smith said the governor is one of many state lawmakers who are Catholics but whose politics conflict with church policies.
“When we vote those people back into office, whom do we have to blame but ourselves?” he said.