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Archbishop Chaput on Doug Kmiec

In an essay called "Little Murders," Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver has this to say about Professor Doug Kmiec, "prolife" supporter of the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in American history, Barack Obama:

Prof. Kmiec has a strong record of service to the Church and the nation in his past. He served in the Reagan administration, and he supported Mitt Romney's campaign for president before switching in a very public way to Barack Obama earlier this year. In his own book he quotes from Render Unto Caesar at some length. In fact, he suggests that his reasoning and mine are ''not far distant on the moral inquiry necessary in the election of 2008.'' Unfortunately, he either misunderstands or misuses my words, and he couldn't be more mistaken.

I believe that Senator Obama, whatever his other talents, is the most committed ''abortion-rights'' presidential candidate of either major party since the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973. Despite what Prof. Kmiec suggests, the party platform Senator Obama runs on this year is not only aggressively ''pro-choice;'' it has also removed any suggestion that killing an unborn child might be a regrettable thing. On the question of homicide against the unborn child - and let's remember that the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer explicitly called abortion ''murder'' - the Democratic platform that emerged from Denver in August 2008 is clearly anti-life.

Prof. Kmiec argues that there are defensible motives to support Senator Obama. Speaking for myself, I do not know any proportionate reason that could outweigh more than 40 million unborn children killed by abortion and the many millions of women deeply wounded by the loss and regret abortion creates.

To suggest - as some Catholics do - that Senator Obama is this year's ''real'' prolife candidate requires a peculiar kind of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion, or worse. To portray the 2008 Democratic Party presidential ticket as the preferred ''prolife'' option is to subvert what the word ''prolife'' means. Anyone interested in Senator Obama's record on abortion and related issues should simply read Prof. Robert P. George's Public Discourse essay from earlier this week, ''Obama's Abortion Extremism,'' and his follow-up article, ''Obama and Infanticide.'' They say everything that needs to be said.


You can read the whole essay here.

(cross-posted)

Comments (3)

"...The abortion lobby has fought every compromise and every legal restriction on abortion, every step of the way. Apparently they believe in their convictions more than some of us Catholics believe in ours. And I think that's an indictment of an entire generation of American Catholic leadership."

And an indictment of generations of the Catholic laity as well. Every one of us (and we know who we are) must accept our portion of the blame for allowing the advocates of abortion to bring us to this day--to infantcide with impunity*. The errors of our Catholic leadership are not solely to blame.


*the Oxford American dictionary offers interesting examples for 'impunity.' I see the liberal left has hold of the dictionaries, too, now.

Dr. Beckwith,

Thank you for posting this! It was a wonderful evening, a great encouragement to me and (I am sure) to all of us at the ENDOW conference.


I didn't realize you were such a Chesterton fan. I only truly discovered him very recently. And, just a few weeks ago I received a lovely comment in that regard. Someone who should know told me I had a "Chestertonian view of the sexes"!

Kamilla

(Aside from Barack Obama's public admission of his willingness to slay his own kin), I thought this photo so incredibly adorable that I could smooch the babe into pudding. Just can't help myself.

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