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Two More Lame Arguments

on communion, this time from 48 Catholic House Democrats: 1) Denying it to pro-abortion politicians would inflame anti-Catholic prejudice. So the Church should refrain from teaching what it believes to be true, and endanger the souls of its members, because people won’t like it? The way to work against anti-Catholic prejudice is to cease to be Catholic to the extent it provokes prejudice or opposition? Maybe these guys should work against anti-Catholic prejudice by defending the Church’s position (or at least attempting to understand it better than their statement suggests). 2) Congressmen are obligated to vote for abortion by the Supreme Court. Not true. Assuming that the Court got the Constitution wrong, there is no obligation to vote for bills based on its decision. And if you really felt that legal abortion was an unjust denial of justice to the unborn–the Church’s teaching, which is not a matter of “personal” morality in the sense the Democrats’ letter would have it–but that the Constitution required it, you would be obligated to work to change the Constitution. The vast majority of these congressmen have done no such thing.

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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