Ignatius Insight Quotable: Pro-Abortion Politicians

If pro-abortion politicians are willing to shut down the government…… over the funding of Planned Parenthood, shouldn’t Catholic bishops be willing to shut down pro-abortion politicians from receiving Holy Communion?

. . . Planned Parenthood receives millions in taxpayer subsidies and spends hundreds of thousands on lobbying and campaigning. In February, OpenSecrets.org reported that Planned Parenthood’s political action committee “donated more than $148,000 to federal candidates–almost all Democrats–during the 2010 election cycle” and “spent more than $443,000 overall.” Planned Parenthood made an additional $905,796 in “independent expenditures” during the 2010 cycle–exercising its right to free speech pursuant to last year’s Citizens United decision.

. . . William McGurn of the Wall Street Journal, writes:

In the end, President Barack Obama was the one who refused to blink on Planned Parenthood. Another way of saying it is this: The president was willing to shut down the entire federal government rather than see Planned Parenthood’s federal funding cut.  According to press accounts leaked by Democratic aides, House Speaker John Boehner argued for the funding cut late into the evening. The president answered, “Nope, zero.” He then said, “John, this is it.” Mr. Boehner accepted the budget deal without that cut. A Republican aide confirmed more or less the same account to me. He said it was “chilling” to see how inflexible Mr. Obama was. You might call it ideological . . .

Recall that back in 2007-08, Catholics were being told—either with reassuring condescension or exasperated annoyance—that candidate Obama was not pro-abortion.

. . . it’s worth pondering for a moment the fact that a large number of politicians (some of them self-identified as Catholic) are willing to shut down the federal government in order to maintain funding and support for Planned Parenthood, but many folks (including not a few Catholics) consider it outrageous, narrow minded, and spiteful to insist that pro-abortion, Catholic politicians should refrain from receiving Holy Communion.

“There is unity among the bishops about abortion always being wrong, and that you can’t be a Catholic and be in favor of abortion — the bishops all agree to that — but there’s just an inability among the bishops together to speak clearly on this matter and even to say that if you’re Catholic and you’re pro-choice, you can’t receive holy Communion,” Archbishop Chaput said.

What does it say when a pro-abortion politician is more willing to upset ordinary Americans in his support for Planned Parenthood than Catholics are in taking a stand for their belief in the Holy Eucharist?

via Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog: If pro-abortion politicians are willing to shut down the government….

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