Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Catholic politicians

John J. DiIulio Jr., who directed the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, writes in the latest issue of Commonweal:
During the 2004 election, some bishops insisted that Catholics should obey church teachings in deciding how to vote. Some bishops even declared that prochoice Catholic politicians should be denied Communion. The ensuing public controversies shed more heat than light on many questions: Which church teachings on what issues ought to matter most? How should Catholics decide between candidates? If Catholic politicians are obliged to follow church teachings when making laws, are Catholic judges also supposed to “vote Catholic” in deciding cases?

Read more here.