Catholic Officials Vie for Title of “Most Anti-Life”

How did you mark Respect Life month in October?

Three Roman Catholic public officials did so in a very odd way.

Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat, proudly received the International Family Planning Award from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which hailed the Catholic Durbin as “an unparalleled champion” of its movement.

Not to be outdone, President Obama’s HHS secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, whose anti-life actions back in Kansas were so egregious that her bishop ordered her not to receive Communion, provided the keynote at the annual “Power of Choice” lunch held by NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League.

“We are in a war,” said Sebelius, referring to Republican attempts to stop taxpayer funding of “family planning services.” The professing Roman Catholic asked her audience: “Wouldn’t you think that people who want to reduce the number of abortions would champion the cause of widely available, widely affordable contraceptive services?”

That’s supposed to be a rhetorical question.

In August, Sebelius’s and Obama’s HHS mandated that all private insurers provide women with coverage for FDA-approved contraception. Sebelius and Obama also continued to undermine conscience exemptions for Catholic medical personnel who don’t want to be forced to provide abortions or contraceptives.

With her terribly destructive actions, Kathleen Sebelius has arguably become America’s most anti-life Catholic official.

Of course, it’s hard to outdo Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. The most horrendous pro-abortion statement made by a Catholic during Respect Life month emanated from Pelosi, former Democratic House Speaker. In September, Pelosi had said that Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood were a “horror.” If that sentiment wasn’t strong enough, Pelosi on October 13 proclaimed that Republicans “want women to die on the floor.”

That remark had come, ironically, as Pelosi wished “God bless them” to the Wall Street Occupiers.

There you go: Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, Dick Durbin. For them, it was a most auspicious Respect Life month.

This, my fellow Catholics, is a scandal. I beg the priests and bishops of these three Catholic public officials: please, please do something.

For Catholic and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.

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Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • Dr. Paul Kengor say,s “This, my fellow Catholics, is a scandal. I beg the priests and bishops of these three Catholic public officials: please, please do something.”

    The something these priest and bishops should be doing is speaking out and refusing to give them the Eucharist because as public figures they have brought scandal to the Church and by their actions have excommunicated themselves because of their grave sins.

    Nancy has a problem with the Church and I quote, “They Have This Conscience Thing.” Wow, what a odd thing to have. I guess she was able to say this because she has not developed one yet.

    And then the most amazing statement from this women who claims to be a devout practicing Catholic, “That the Vatican responds to Pelosi’s claim that the pope defers to Pelosi on all matters pertaining to abortion.

    She not only has the blood of these innocent children on her hands but she is also a liar.

    Out of charity, we must pray for these people.

  • consecrata

    Pelosi does have the blood of innocent pre-born babies on her hands – or does she? Listen, since Pelosi is permitted by our bishops to receive Holy Communion, given only to Catholics in good standing, then doesn’t she have the right to believe that she is indeed a Catholic in good standing? What anti-life agenda must a Catholic publicly advocate for before being taken off the ‘Catholic in good standing’ list? If Pelosi were to aggressively advocate for legalizing the molestation of children, would she still be considered by our Bishops a Catholic in good standing? I mean, what does it take to NOT be a Catholic in good standing. If a child continually engages in actions prohibited by his parents like drinking, smoking, doing drugs, etc, but received no consequences for his actions, he would be right to believe that his parents really aren’t serious and that his actions are okay…Pelosi stands against the Church, Biden not only advocates for abortion in his own country but he goes to Africa where there is terrible poverty and tells the people that if they will allow abortion rights in their constitution, they the money would flow for them…and Biden, like Pelosi, is considered to be a Catholic in good standing and to receive the Eucharist. Why are our Bishops allowing this????