Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cardinal Bertone: about this "freedom of conscience" thing...

At the Knights of Columbus convention today, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said:

"I don't understand how a person in public office or one engaged in political activity can be obliged to renounce his Catholic identity because the party, be it in the U.S. or in other countries, imposes an ethical choice on the basis of the party's program.

"This, according to me, does not respect freedom of conscience. It even seems to me to be an oppression of conscience. Where is the freedom of conscience that is so proclaimed and defended in America?"

Good question. Where is it? Why is it that the Democratic Party, for example, demands "pro-choice" as practically its user id?

And no, I'm not forgetting about "America's Mayor" either.

It is, in my opinion, hypocritical in the extreme for "pro-choice Catholics" to plead "freedom of conscience." Bull. What they're doing is giving up their right to a conscience in a sly but oh-so-obvious deal with Old Scratch.