Charles C. Camosy
Commentary: U.S. Catholics who identify as traditional or conservative sometimes don't understand the church’s teachings on social justice and their duty to the poor.
Commentary: The pro-life movement's new energy comes in part from a growing U.S. consensus on abortion, a consensus unfortunately not reflected in most public discussions of abortion.
Our broader culture is now so disconnected -- both from the lives of habited nuns and from the concept of hunting -- this story was simply bound to take off.
The debate, passage, and outcry over the House health care reform bill demonstrates the staying power of a movement which propelled Barack Obama to the presidency: the rise of independents who refuse to be defined by either party.(They make up 42 percent of the electorate, according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, up from 31 percent only a year ago). Nowhere is this more apparent than in the scrambling of the traditional ideological boundaries on the emotional issue of abortion.
Supposedly, the Democratic party is the one which protects the dignity of women’s reproductive health; but in a stunning move that was seen by abortion-rights groups as a radical betrayal of this charge, 64 democrats voted for, and ensured passage of, an anti-abortion amendment to the House reform bill which Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado called “the greatest restriction of a woman’s right to choose to pass in our careers.”