As in, having your cake and eating it, too. This would seem to be the essence of a Democratic Congressional group’s “Catholic Statement of Principles.” Which, in plainer language, should be titled “How we can be loyal Democrats and still claim to be faithful Catholics.”
What gives the game away is this from the screed: “we seek the Church’s guidance and assistance but believe also in the primacy of conscience.” There are certainly many things that the Catholic Church does not provide dogma on. One of those things, unfortunately for those who claim to be both faithful Catholics and loyal Democrats, is abortion.
The Democratic Party is pro-abortion, or, as they prefer to say, hiding the truth, pro-choice. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states (via About.com):
Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person—among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
This is clear. Crystal clear. This is not, as the Democratic “Statement of Principles” would have you believe, a matter for the “primacy of conscience.”
Having been a Catholic, and brought to the faith as an adult, it isn’t at all clear to me, as it wasn’t to the priests from whom I received my training, that one may be a faithful Catholic and violate the Church’s principle of the “inviolable” right of every being to life.
One supposes that the Pelosi gang may think they’re some sort of protestants, in the original usage by Martin Luther and the true Protestants. The Democrats who are attempting to cloak themselves with Jesus’ seamless garment of life, yet are very much in favor of abortion on demand, are not just mistaken — they are violating the very faith they are claiming to adhere to.
Democrats, or other Catholics, who think they can get away with this will only fool those who are unbelievers, or those who are willfully ignorant of what the Roman Church demands of its members.
One need not be a Roman Catholic; that is surely a matter of conscience. But if you claim to be Catholic, you can not logically have it both ways.