Only that's not what the bishops just said. And when the letter was read in your church this Sunday you gripped your well-manicured hands in anger, and maybe even thought about joining the storm of six or ten people who marched out; but unlike them, you don't actually remember the Vietnam protest era personally, and marching out would be a bit inconvenient what with your plans for Sunday brunch afterward with the equally irate woman two benches up who couldn't march out if she wanted, surrounded as she is by young families with children--honestly, who takes their kids to Mass week after week like that anymore? Uncouth, really.
So you wait, and when the pro-life petition is read during the prayer of the faithful you're even more annoyed than ususal; we get it, you think, wondering if the wild conspiracy your Womanchurch friend told you about the Republicans "buying" the local diocese could, after all, be true--because only a Republican would make this big of a deal about abortion.
And you tune out for a while, thinking about how much you and your brunch guests will enjoy complaining about the Church's sudden and ugly involvement in politics, and you even start to imagine talking to the media about it all, saying, perhaps, something like this:
Of course, you're not Ms. LeBlanc, though you know her; you travel in the same circles, and it's just like her to follow through with your own half-formed plans.
Nicole LeBlanc said several people walked out of Dallas' Holy Trinity Catholic Church during the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass, when the letter was read at the time usually reserved for a homily.
Ms. LeBlanc, an Obama supporter, said she, too, was upset.
“As a Catholic, we’re taught about being independent moral agents with free will,” she said. “That letter from the bishops is basically telling us that if we vote for a candidate who supports abortion rights, we are basically immoral and our souls are imperiled.”
Ms. LeBlanc also said she felt the letter “has gone too far towards bringing political endorsements in the church, which is obviously not legal.”
Ms. LeBlanc said a protest of the letter is likely to occur outside the pastoral center of the Dallas Diocese this Wednesday afternoon.
It's not until the Communion hymn that you're able to relax. It's one of your favorites from your childhood, and you sing along, "Whatsoever You Do to the least of my people, that you do unto me." Thank goodness this doesn't have anything to do with abortion," you think to yourself, as you wonder whether you should wear your Obama '08 button to the next parish council meeting.