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The increasingly agitated, increasingly bishop-led anti-abortion crowd in the Catholic church gets a firm pop from the always mannerly Peter Steinfels in his NYT column today. Noting the 1-4 ratio of those joining and those leaving the church in America today, he concludes:

Under normal circumstances, it is hard to imagine any institution’s
leadership contemplating that kind of gain-loss ratio with equanimity.
But for Bishop Finn and a growing number of other Catholic leaders,
these are not normal circumstances. “We are at war,” they say; and the
road to overturning Roe v. Wade first requires overturning Notre Dame.

It’s been 35 years since Roe v. Wade. Despite the propaganda, Barack Obama is no more pro-choice than other Democratic presidents since then. It could be  So why are Finn, Burke, and Company now in such a lather? Next column, Peter.   

  • Asinus Gravis

    Burke, Finn, et. al. do an impressive job of illustrating an old truth. The less reasonable and persuasive one’s position is the more hysterical and irrational one’s conduct will be in support of that position.
    Having failed miserably at convincing most of their fellow members of the Catholic church, they seem to be intent on driving out of the church the seventy-five percent (more or less)of Catholic church members whom they cannot convince; and, in the process, alienating most non-Catholics.
    Is this what counts for leadership in the Catholic church these days?