The Blunt-Nelson amendment failed to pass the Senate today for one reason and one reason only. The supporters of abortion-on-demand are serious about the matter. They will do what it takes to punish at the polls any Democrat who crosses them. The bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States have spent almost four decades intimating with a wink and a nod that they are not really serious about this question. In the process, they have made themselves politically irrelevantOn a more hopeful note, Rahe suggests the current head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Dolan, "appears to have a backbone." We shall see. Dolan is a likable man but I've never been a huge fan because he seems to take zero interest in the state of the liturgy. As the Pope has said, bad liturgy, more than anything else, is responsible for the morass in today's Catholic Church. If, however, Cardinal Dolan sees to it the likes of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, who claim to be Catholic while at the same time promoting contraception and abortion, are actually ex-communicated, he will have done a wonderful thing for Holy Church.
Thanks to Professor Tighe.