Cardinal George Likens Abortion to Racism

11 11 2008 covers a conference of Catholic bishops, in which their leader, Cardinal Frances George compares the fight against abortion to the fight against racism.

Cardinal George said Americans should “rejoice” that the nation elected its first African-American president, but he immediately issued a challenge to the nation and to incoming leader Barack Obama.

“If the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision, that African Americans were other people’s property and somehow less than persons, were still settled constitutional law, Mr. Obama would not be President of the United States,” George said.

“We are perhaps at a moment when, with the grace of God, all races are safely within the American consensus,” George said. “We are not at the point, however, when Catholics, especially in public life, can be considered full partners in the American experience unless they are willing to put aside some fundamental Catholic teachings on a just moral and political order.”

He explained that opposition to racism is a “pillar” of Catholic teaching, but so is opposition to abortion — a comment that received a standing ovation from his colleagues.

Bishops Take Biden To Task

10 09 2008

Fox News is reporting that two prominent Catholic bishops are taking Senator Joe Biden to task for comments he made this past weekend on “Meet the Press”.

Asked on the program about when life begins, Biden said: “Look, I know when it begins for me. It’s a personal and private issue. For me, as a Roman Catholic, I am prepared to accept the teachings in my church.”

He added that while he believes life begins “at the moment of conception,” it would inappropriate to impose that view on others in a pluralistic society.

The bishops said Biden was right to say human life begins at conception. But the church “does not teach this as matter of faith; it acknowledges it as a matter of objective fact,” they said.

“Protection of innocent human life is not an imposition of personal religious conviction but a demand of justice,” they added.