Tarry for the Nonce

August 10, 2005

The Utter Gall

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 3:00 pm

In other news, Christopher D. Morris of the Boston Globe thinks that Catholics should not be entitled to the same religious freedoms as everyone else:

In the presidential campaign, a new threshold in church-state relations was crossed when Catholic bishops threatened to exclude Senator John Kerry from the Eucharist because of his support for Roe v. Wade . . .

Asking the bishops to testify would be healthy. If they rescinded the threats made against Kerry, then [John] Roberts would feel free to make his decision without the appearance of a conflict of interest, and Catholic politicians who support Roe v. Wade would gain renewed confidence in their advocacy. If the bishops repeated or confirmed their threats, the Senate Judiciary Committee should draft legislation calling for the automatic recusal of Catholic judges from cases citing Roe v. Wade as a precedent.

Of course, such a new law should cover anyone whose religion makes it impossible for them to decide on their own whether abortion should be legal; therefore, testimony should be taken from the leaders of Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, and other faiths as well. It is clear that several mainline Protestant denominations separate the issue of abortion from church membership and personal salvation; judges from these faiths would face no conflict of interest.

Even evangelical Protestants do not oppose abortion at the risk of being separated from a particular church, because their faiths are based on being ”born again,” not on adherence to certain articles of faith or a catechism. In theory, the same Holy Spirit that made evangelicals born again could also move them to change a social or political view at any time . . .

Inquiry into Judaism, Islam, and other religions should also focus on whether any of them make threats against members who hold particular views about abortion.

My jaw drops in astonishment. His bigotry is only overshadowed by his rampant ignorance. Any Catholic knows that pro-abortion politicians are refused the Eucharist in order to help prevent scandal and eternal damnation.

I presume that churches are still permitted to do that, Mr. Morris?



  1. I presume that churches are still permitted to do that, Mr. Morris?

    apparently not in Morris-world.

    Comment by auntlori — August 10, 2005 @ 7:59 pm

  2. Heehee…Morris-world.

    Comment by Alistair A. — August 12, 2005 @ 8:14 am

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