“Bishop Walsh feels it’s a non-issue now,” she said. “There may be Catholics but … they are not saying ‘I am a Catholic politician and I am running as pro-choice.'”
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, who is Catholic and supports abortion rights, didn’t return calls Friday seeking comment on the issue.
Thompson’s chief of staff, Ed Matovcik, said, “I suspect the Vatican has said a lot that not all Catholics would adhere to.”
It is strange how politicians are always talking about nuanced positions yet when it comes to the Vatican everything is exactly the same. The issue of abortion is not just something that comes from the Vatican but it part of the natural law. Thou shall not kill is not exactly something recently handed down. “Other people ignore the Vatican” is much like the playground argument “but other kids did it also.”
He said Thompson will “continue be pro-choice and continue to be Catholic” but his religion isn’t a subject of speeches or campaign literature.
…continue to vote for racist laws and continue to b a member of the NAACP.
And of course just like in all the recent articles on this subject, the reporter reminds us of this piece of history.
In 1989, San Diego Bishop Leo Maher made headlines when he barred Lucy Killea, a Democratic assemblywoman, from receiving communion because she supported abortion rights.
Killea easily won a special election for a state Senate seat that fall, which was widely viewed as a public rejection of Maher’s action.
Of course they don’t mention that the other Bishops in Califonia did not support Bishop Maher. This is actually an illustration of why the Bishops need to be on the same page. Regardless you don’t stop doing what is right just because it might not be politically expedient.
Hi Jeff, this is a great little sight. You are very well informed about the world. You have good insights(far beyond anythign the media would ever give us).
One more thing. I used to have a somewhat agnostic outlooks on the world. That was until I came a cross an 1840 novel called I Promessi Sposi(The Betrothed) By Alessandor Manzoni. The Author was a devout catholic and he weaves history, politics, love, family life,the four horsemen of the Apolcalypse, and christian faith into quite an incredible story. He is better than Dostoevski and CS Lewis and Even Pascal in his writing ability. Its one of the best novels ever written. All catholics need to check it out.
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