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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Biden’

What would St. Patrick do?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

From the On Faith column in the Washington Post:

“The Bishop of Scranton threatened to cancel mass during Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the largest in the country, if organizers honored “an abortion-rights supporter” — ostensibly Vice President and Scranton-native Joe Biden. They didn’t and he didn’t.

“But the controversy threatened to divorce the Church from politicians who enforce laws permitting abortions. Since Catholic officeholders are sworn to respect the constitution, the bishop’s decree would have effectively kept all those kind of law-abiding Irish-American Catholics out of the Church on St. Patrick’s Day. Its arguable whether the threat advanced the coming of God’s Kingdom. However, it goes against tradition.” The rest of the story is here.

New bishop won’t alienate pro-choice politicians

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) Wilmington’s new bishop said he won’t alienate pro-choice Catholic politicians like Vice President-elect Joe Biden. ”My own conscience tells me I have a better chance of helping someone if I don’t alienate” that person, Bishop W. Francis Malooly said during an appearance as part of the Theology on Tap speakers series for young adult Catholics. Malooly said he was following the lead of a majority of the 390 American bishops who have advocated a moderate approach.

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A wonderful day to be an American

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

“There is nothing false about hope.”

GAZA (New York Times, Nov. 5, 2008) — From far away, this is how it looks: There is a country out there where tens of millions of white Christians, voting freely, select as their leader a black man of modest origin, the son of a Muslim. There is a place on Earth — call it America — where such a thing happens. [The rest of the story is here.}

NY Times: Liberal Catholics argue from within the church

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

The Times reports today: “In a departure from previous elections, Democrats and liberal Catholic groups are waging a fight within the church, arguing that the Democratic Party better reflects the full spectrum of church teachings.” Read the whole story here

Biden: Risks and rewards

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Associated Press: By selecting a Pennsylvania-born Catholic as his No. 2, Obama is betting the potential rewards — including swaying elusive lunch-pail Catholics in the Midwest — outweigh the risks.

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