The web site is sure to stoke controversy in Catholic circles with this statement: “Is Barack Obama really pro-life? The answer is ‘yes.’ Looking through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, Senator Obama has spent his entire career striving for the common good. He supports health care programs that will cover all Americans, a living wage for working families, and solutions that allow distressed families to stay in their homes.”
It goes on to say that Obama, a strong advocate like his party of abortion rights, will reduce the number of abortions by promoting health care for pregnant women and infant care.
Abortion is one of the most polarizing issues in America and official Catholic doctrine on the matter is clear: the church regards it as murder.
What's really interesting is that the news article about this new "Catholic" website fails to mention who the Catholics behind it are. They are as follows:
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Thomas P. O'Neill III
James Roosevelt, Jr.
William V. D’Antonio (visiting professor at Catholic University and author of dissident "Catholic" books).
Lisa Schare (state Chair of the Catholic Democrats of Ohio)
Patrick Whelan MD PhD (co-director of Pax Christi Massachusetts; a sample of his writing is here).
In other words, the usual suspects. Add Sen. Edwards' secretary and Steve Krueger of Voice of the Faithful, and you've got an assortment of East Coast liberal Catholics who never met a Democratic Party fund-raiser they didn't like, and who probably think of your typical 40 Days for Life protester as an "extremist" who somehow thinks protecting the unborn is--gasp!--more important than universal government run health care.
The only encouraging thing about this disgraceful website is that it seems pretty clear that the liberal, dissident, pro-Democrat Catholics who are squishy on abortion are getting older and older all the time. We young(ish), Pope John Paul II Catholics find the Biden-era liberals in our Church to be a challenge to our patience, but otherwise, we pretty much ignore them--as we will their extremely uninspiring "shades of gray" website.