Monday, May 4, 2009

A Friend of the Church?

From a report of a the Catholic News Service:

"Douglas Kmiec, a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and former law school dean at The Catholic University of America in Washington, said laws are based on "someone's concept of good", which is generally traceable to religious belief. Disputed concepts of good are reconciled in the United States by persuasion and the democratic process, he said.The Catholic Church is not necessarily guided by this process, because it claims that a democratic outcome can never trump the truth, he said, although truth claims are always disputed."The modern church has defined itself not in terms of the conversion of the heart, but in terms of its political victories," he said. This puts the church in an awkward position to ask for exemptions from generally applicable laws, he said. Kmiec said there should be a presumption against giving institutional exemptions to laws, but a great sensitivity to granting individual exemptions." (Emphasis Added).

http://thecatholicspirit.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1676&Itemid=33

I agree, I think I saw something about Pope Benedict XVI starting a PAC as the reason he visited America last year. Gimme a break!

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