Putting Faith into Practice

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, May 20, 2004

Putting Faith into Practice

Forty-eight democratic members of the House of Representatives, all of whom are Roman Catholic, have signed a letter to the archbishop of Washington, D.C., saying the threats by some bishops to deny communion to pro-abortion politicians is “deeply hurtful,” counterproductive and “miring the church in partisan politics.”

The politicians are trying to have it both ways.

It is not the Catholic Church that is miring itself in partisan politics. That church has properly taken a stand on the moral issue of when life begins.

Catholic politicians think they can enjoy the benefits of their faith without putting it into practice.

This is about the most basic of all human rights – the right to be born. The Catholic Church is well within its rights and obligations to require its members to abide by its most basic teaching on human life, especially if they have the power to save lives.

If Catholic politicians don’t like it they have three choices: apply church teaching in the political lives, leave politics or find another church.

In New York City, I’m Cal Thomas.

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