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Cafeteria Catholics

NPR's Barbara Bradley Haggerty did a little piece on Friday's Morning Edition that sought to compare JFK's "Catholic problem" with Kerry's "Catholic problem". The entire premise was that JFK had to distance himself from the church, but now Kerry is facing charges that he is not Catholic enough.

I was listening and found myself yelling at the radio when she labeled Kerry a "Cafeteria Catholic". (One who picks and chooses what he likes). This smear was based soley upon Kerry's pro-choice political stance. This left the distinct impression that those Catholics who oppose abortion are good, truly faithful Catholics who abide by all the Church's teachings.

This is obviously hogwash. The Pope has made it very clear that things such as the Death Penalty and Birth Control are also forbidden under Roman Catholic guidelines.

Are those American Catholics who do not agree with the Holy Father on these issues "Cafeteria Catholics", as well? If so, about 80% of all American Catholics would qualify.

But no.... only abortion matters. Why?

Because abortion is the only social policy common ground between Catholics and Evangelicals. That's why!

And we all know that the GOP is all about the Evangelical vote. So why not try to win a couple of Midwestern states by courting Catholics? Maybe some of my Catholic friends should check out what many Evangelicals really think of them.

... Atrios truly dismantles Bradley Haggerty's piece... and throws in a little speculation about the sources of her bias. It's a very solid post.
 
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