WorldNetDaily reported, the doctrine lacks enforcement;
politicians who take heretical positions aren't penalized and, more
often, are supported by Catholic leaders.
Specifically, the Catholic vote is viewed to have helped incumbent
Davis eek out a win over his Catholic, pro-life opponent Bill Simon in
last year's election.
One pro-life group seeks to hold Catholic politicians' feet to the
As WorldNetDaily reported, as part of its Crusade to Defend Our
Catholic Church, the American Life League launched a new campaign
yesterday to put pressure on what it calls "The Deadly Dozen" – 12
U.S. senators who are both Catholic and support legalized abortion.
Among the 12 are Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and
John Kerry, D-Mass., a Democratic candidate for president. In a
statement, the organization said the dozen senators are "claiming to
be faithful Catholics."
"For 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has steadfastly defended the
sanctity of all human life," said American Life League president Judie
Brown. "The simple fact is you cannot actively support abortion and be
a faithful Catholic. You can't have it both ways. The Church's
teachings on this matter are very clear."
The Associated Press reports that Kerry has rejected the Vatican's
Governor Davis is reportedly not backing down either. Spokesman
Russ Lopez deflected the challenge from the bishop and criticized
Weigand for "telling the faithful how to practice their faith." He
then predicted Weigand's comments would alienate California Catholics.
"There are a lot of Catholics who are pro-choice. Does the bishop
want all Catholics to stop receiving Holy Communion?" he asked. "Who's
going to be left in church?"
Lopez also told The Bee the governor was proud of the legislation
he signed giving women the right to choose. Other legislation touted
include measures that require HMOs to cover Food and Drug
Administration-approved contraception and that crack down on violent
protesters at abortion clinics.
Davis' office issued a press release yesterday boasting that
California was "the most pro-choice state in America."
The governor also marked the anniversary by issuing a proclamation
at a Planned Parenthood event in Los Angeles.
"During my entire career in public service, I've supported a
woman's reproductive freedom. When it comes to a woman's right to
choose, as long as I'm governor, California will not concede one
inch," he declared.
(I want a CA Gov. recount! ~JenT)