Friday, September 7, 2012

Brief Word On Caroline Kennedy Creating Another Catholic Scandal At Democratic Convention

Via a very good post at Mirrors of Justice  Caroline Kennedy: A “Catholic” Woman’s Concern for “Reproductive Health” . Progf Breen  says in part :

....The Church – the Catholic Church – opposes abortion. Because an abortion – if it is successful – always results in the death of an innocent human being, the Church – the Catholic Church – sees abortion as a grave evil, a mortal sin, and a gross injustice. Indeed, this is why the Church refers to abortion as “murder” (EV ¶ 58) an “infamy” (GS ¶ 27) and “an unspeakable crime” (GS ¶ 51).

Given this background, one cannot but be somewhat dumbfounded by Kennedy’s assertion that it is her Catholic womanhood that prompts her to oppose waiting periods, parental consent laws, and ultra-sound notice requirements -- laws that have the effect of discouraging abortion. (I say “somewhat” because the motivation to portray the pro-abortion position as legitimate for a Catholic to adopt makes sense from a purely political perspective). When “reproductive health” as Kennedy used it is correctly understood to mean support for abortion her statement in effect is: “As a Catholic woman, I take the freedom to murder a child developing in the womb very seriously, and today, it is under attack.”

This is bizarre. If we didn’t live with the moral amnesia and denial that defines the age, Kennedy would be roundly mocked for making such a statement. She would be laughed at for demonstrating a complete misunderstanding of the words used, for saying something as asinine and nonsensical as “As a Catholic woman, I take the freedom to exploit the poor seriously . . .” or “As a Catholic woman, I take the freedom to discriminate on the basis of race seriously . . .” or “As a Catholic woman, I take the freedom to pollute the environment seriously . . .”...

Read it all . A good response to a rather predictable but still rather sad part of last night.


Anonymous said...

I don't think Carolin Kennedy is a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church. Maybe she should read The Catechism of The Catholic Church or go to a RCIA class to become familiar with what the Catholic Church believes.

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