Thursday, May 17, 2007

Catholic House Members Criticize Pope's Statement

On Tuesday, The Hill reported that 18 Catholic Democratic members of the House of Representatives criticized remarks made last week by Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope, on his way to Brazil, suggested that he supports excommunication of legislators who support abortion rights. (See prior posting.) The Congressional members' May 10 statement (full text) said: "religious sanction in the political arena directly conflicts with our fundamental beliefs about the role and responsibility of democratic representatives in a pluralistic America – it also clashes with freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution. Such notions offend the very nature of the American experiment and do a great disservice to the centuries of good work the church has done."