February 28, 2006


Public Officials Under God (E. J. Dionne Jr., February 28, 2006, Washington Post)

When John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he said some things about Catholic bishops that might, in today's climate, be condemned as insolence toward church authority.

"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act," Kennedy told the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in September 1960. "I do not speak for my church on public matters -- and the church does not speak for me."

The Church can not, of course, force a politician to act in one way or another, but it must tell him when his actions are immoral and incompatible with his religion. He's then free to choose to be either a good Catholic or a good Democrat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2006 7:37 AM

I don't believe Kennedy went around openly & blatantly distorting Catholic teaching, did he? The real problem is that for far too long the Church allowed politicians to say that, for example, they can be in favor of totally unrestricted abortion and simultaneously a faithful Catholic, and that holding such views is consistent with both the Constitution & the Catechism. Sorry, John, Teddy, Nancy, Dick, Mario, etc...That Just Ain't So.

Posted by: b at February 28, 2006 11:32 AM

Can we assume that Mr.Dionne is one of those people who would have no problem with a President telling the "Catholic prelate[s]" what constitutes a "good Catholic"?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 28, 2006 1:28 PM

What this means is that the Democrats would like to make the baby-murder issue go away. They want us to stop talking about it.

This is the very same tactic they have siezed upon with respect to the other issue we have beaten them on, gun control. Their plan is to just not talk about it.

We need to remember that a Republican party without pro-gun and pro-life interests has as much vitality as a Democrat party without queers and schoolteachers.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 28, 2006 2:32 PM

Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not claim to be a Catholic when thou do not behave thusly.

Posted by: ic at February 28, 2006 5:19 PM

Thou shalt not murder, a vital distinction, the failure to appreciate which has lead to a lot of foolish decisions and movements.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 28, 2006 10:27 PM

But I need the Catholic vote and the loony left vote. What's a guy to do?

Posted by: Tom C.,Stamford,Ct at March 1, 2006 7:55 AM


They could start campaigning with croziers. Imagine Hillary walking down Fifth Avenue with one. Or Kerry in Boston, waving to the crowds with his. And Bill Richardson could swing his like a baseball bat.

Posted by: ratbert at March 1, 2006 2:13 PM