October 12, 2004


Group of Bishops Using Influence to Oppose Kerry: Some bishops and Catholic groups are intent on throwing the weight of the church into the elections. (DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and LAURIE GOODSTEIN, 10/12/04, NY Times)

For Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate in Colorado, there is only one way for a faithful Catholic to vote in this presidential election, for President Bush and against Senator John Kerry.

"The church says abortion is a foundational issue,'' the archbishop explained to a group of Catholic college students gathered in a sports bar here in this swing state on Friday night. He stopped short of telling them whom to vote for, but he reminded them of Mr. Kerry's support for abortion rights. And he pointed out the potential impact his re-election could have on Roe v. Wade.

"Supreme Court cases can be overturned, right?" he asked.

Archbishop Chaput, who has never explicitly endorsed a candidate, is part of a group of bishops intent on throwing the weight of the church into the elections.

Galvanized by battles against same-sex marriage and stem cell research and alarmed at the prospect of a President Kerry - who is Catholic but supports abortion rights - these bishops and like-minded Catholic groups are blanketing churches with guides identifying abortion, gay marriage and the stem cell debate as among a handful of "non-negotiable issues."

As the Senator's own tortured answers to the social issues questions on Friday night amply demonstrated, you can't be both pro-Judeo-Christian morality and pro-Kerry.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 12, 2004 8:53 AM
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