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Catholics and Republicans

There’s been an official Republican response to that Democratic “scorecard” I mentioned last week. NRCC spokesman Carl Forti makes a number of points that I think are true: The Democratic scorecard-makers do not vote according to Catholic teaching on a number of important issues, and the scorecard ignores some of these issues. But is it really wise for Republican spokesmen to be taking positions on what Catholic teachings are or who is voting with them? This isn’t too far from having the NRCC say who is a good Catholic and who isn’t. I can’t imagine that this will go over well. To switch subjects slightly: I think that Catholic bishops are probably obligated to withhold communion from pro-abortion politicians (after first talking with them privately). But I really wouldn’t want to see Ken Mehlman taking a position on the issue. The points Forti made should be left to lay Catholic organizations to make.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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