Thursday, December 18, 2003
"...On the other hand, angry Catholics have an important point that the bishops need to hear: the Church's moral witness is compromised when the ordained leaders of the Church do not publicly address brazen, sustained defiance of the moral law by elected public officials. Bishops often respond that public condemnation would produce a sympathy vote for the politician in question. Perhaps it would, in some instances. But is it the bishop's job to calculate political probabilities? Or is it the bishop's job to teach the truth, in charity but without compromise, leaving it for lay Catholics to handle the electoral consequences of that unapologetic defense of the Gospel of life?"