Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)issued this press release in response to Pope Benedict XVI's instruction that pro-abortion Catholic politicians refrain from receiving Communion. She stated:
“The fact is that religious sanction in the political arena directly conflicts with our fundamental beliefs about the role and responsibility of democratic representatives in a pluralistic America – it also clashes with freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution. Such notions offend the very nature of the American experiment and do a great disservice to the centuries of good work the church has done.”
Here's what our local CINOs (Catholic in Name Only) or CODs(Culture of Death) have to say for themselves:
Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) said the pope's remarks "saddened" him enough to speak publicly. "To be threatened with excommunication, denied the sacraments ... for exercising my judgment ... as an elected official in a secular role ... I think is very unfortunate."
Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) said that while she agreed with the church's beliefs on abortion, "I just respectfully disagree that I am not going to be pushing my faith on someone who is in a situation that I know nothing about."
Heres the entire Gang of 18:
Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3)
Joe Baca (CA-43)
Tim Bishop (NY-1)
Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Anna Eshoo (CA-14)
Maurice Hinchey, (NY-22)
Patrick Kennedy (RI-1)
James Langevin (RI-2)
John Larson (CT-1)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4)
Betty McCollum (MN-4)
Jim Moran (VA-8)
Bill Pascrell (NJ-8)
Tim Ryan (OH-17)
Linda Sanchez (CA-39)
José Serrano (NY -16)
Hilda Solis (CA-32),
Mike Thompson (CA-1)
Here's some thoughts from Fr. Tom Euteneuer of Human Life International:
The truth is,” Father Euteneuer said, “nothing threatens the American experiment more than the legal but unjust killing of human beings by abortion which stands in stark contrast to the very first right enumerated by our Declaration of Independence: The Right to Life. The humanity of the unborn child is no longer even debated. It is a scientific fact. Abortion is murder, and murder is against the law. Like Dred Scott before it, which violated certain citizens’ Right to Liberty, Roe v. Wade is bad, dishonest law and will eventually fall.”
“Excommunication is a pastoral and medicinal penalty, not a political one. The Pope is well within his free expression of religion guaranteed by the US Constitution—and his pastoral duty—to warn any Catholic when their eternal salvation is jeopardized by their actions” Father Euteneuer said. “This is what the Catholic Church teaches and what Catholics believe. If the Gang of 18 believes otherwise, honesty and integrity requires they find another church that tells them what they want to hear. If they have that much of a problem being Catholic, no one is forcing them to stay. We certainly don’t need their hypocrisy.”
Judy Brown, President of American Life League says: "We welcome his statements with a great feeling of appreciation," said Mrs. Brown, "particularly his explanation that those who vote in favor of abortion have 'doubts about the value of life and the beauty of life and even a doubt about the future.' These expressions certainly apply to those in political life in the United States as well.”
Pope Benedict reiterated that life is a gift from God. "It is not a commodity," Mrs. Brown said. "It is not a burden. It is not a negative. Every human being from his beginning is a sign of God’s love for mankind. We thank the Holy Father for his leadership and wish him every success during his visit to Brazil, another country whose preborn citizens are under attack by politicians who claim to be faithful Catholics."
Well said, Mrs. Brown!