Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Public Officials Under God

EJ Dionne reports on a forthcoming statement by 55 Catholic members of the House of Representatives. In the quatations that he includes here, I think there is much hope for a more comprehensive relationship between Catholic faith and the political arena. I am especially encouraged that the Representatives will claim the public role of their religious faith and insist that it does inhabit their political philosophy. On the issues of the poor and marginalized, this is clear. A stronger staement about war and armaments would be an approvement. On the seemingly intractable divide on abortion, I would like to see more recognition of the evil and harm of abortion, even for those who are willing to tolerate its legality. But the very fact that 55 members are willing to talk about their faith and its influence is a remarkable advance over the recent deadlock.

Public Officials Under God