Saturday, October 25, 2008

Is Abp Chaput engaging in partisan politics? Not so, says pro-life Democrat

Archbishop Chaput has been a real leader among bishops with attacking the many misrepresentations of the Catholic faith that have been promoted chiefly by Democrats, such as Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden.

Some have accused the Archbishop of being partisan, but a pro-life Democrat disagrees.

Writing a Friday post on the Jesuits’ America magazine group blog “In All Things,” Stricherz responded to fellow blogger Michael Sean Winters’ description of the prelate as the nation’s “second most vocal supporter of the GOP.”

Calling the description a “mischaracterization,” Stricherz, a pro-life Democrat, said he thinks it reflects “a larger misunderstanding that progressive Catholics have about their co-religionist opponents.”

He then referenced Archbishop Chaput’s August remarks in which the prelate acknowledged many important issues are relevant to the election, but also asserted that the right to life is “foundational” and all other rights depend on it.

“We can’t build a healthy society while ignoring the routine and very profitable legalized homicide that goes on every day against America’s unborn children,” Archbishop Chaput commented, continuing:

“Yet for thirty-five years I’ve watched prominent ‘pro-choice’ Catholics justify themselves with the kind of moral and verbal gymnastics that should qualify as an Olympic event. All they’ve really done is capitulate to Roe v. Wade.”

Stricherz said the archbishop’s stance should not be interpreted in a partisan spirit.

“This position is not, strictly speaking, Republican or Democratic,” he noted, saying it was the same position of the late Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey, Sr.
Go read more at CNA: Archbishop Chaput’s pro-life remarks ‘not Republican or Democratic,’ pro-life Democrat says

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