.- The Catholic nonprofit organization Fidelis has condemned the editorial cartoon published in the April 20 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer entitled âChurch and State.â
The cartoon was published following the United States Supreme Court decision to uphold a ban on partial birth abortion, which was passed by the United States Congress and upheld by President Bush. It features the five Catholic members of the Supreme Court wearing bishop miters.
âThe Philadelphia Inquirer has breached the line of reasonable editorial commentary,â said Fidelis president Joseph Cella in a statement. âThis cartoon is venomous, terribly misleading and, blatantly anti-Catholic. We call on the Inquirer to repudiate the cartoonâs anti-Catholic sentiment.â
The cartoon suggests that the courtâs decision to uphold the ban on partial birth abortion was influenced by the Catholic Church.
âThe Supreme Court did not âfollow marching ordersâ from the Vatican or the bishops in the United States. Instead, the court deferred to deliberative judgment of the peopleâs elected representatives protected by the Constitution,â Cella stated.
Cella said his hope in exposing this âoutrageously intolerant cartoonâ is to contain future attacks on judges of faith.
âIt is shameful that such an inflammatory and hate-filled cartoon appears as legitimate editorial expression,â said Cella. âThe Inquirerâs insinuation that a Catholic judge cannot act dispassionately and apply the law is an affront to all judges of faith, and smacks of anti-Catholic bigotry and elitism of the worst kind.â