.- St. Johnâs Seminary in Camarillo, California has invited Pepperdine University law professor and Obama backer Doug Kmiec to give an election âpost-mortemâ lecture.
According to the California Catholic Daily, Kmiec will give the Thirteenth Annual Newman C. Eberhardt Lecture next Tuesday. The seminaryâs web site says his lecture will examine âthe prominent role played by the American Catholic community in the 2008 election, from Bishops educating candidates on ensoulment to alternative ways to be pro-life to the selection of running mates.â
Kmiec, former legal counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, has also been dean of the law school at the Catholic University of America and a law professor at Notre Dame University.
Though a pro-life Republican, in a March 23 essay in Slate magazine he endorsed the pro-abortion rights Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, saying Obama âwants to move the nation beyond its religious and racial divides and that he wants to return the United States to that company of nations committed to human rights.â
Kmiecâs justifications for supporting Obama have drawn criticism from Catholic clergy and laity. He has argued that Archbishop Charles J. Chaputâs position on the Catholic citizenâs voting duties âdiscounts reducing the incidence of abortion by cultural (economic and social) meansâ by focusing on legal remedies.
However, Kmiec insists his disagreement is not over the âessence of Church instructionâ but rather the âpreferred means of implementing it.â