.- Though some have hoped that pro-life Catholic supporters of President Barack Obama would persuade the president to moderate his âextremistâ abortion agenda, they have instead attacked other pro-life advocates and have possibly usurped the place of bishops by redefining Catholic âlife and action,â one commentator warns.
Catholic defenders of both Obama and the pro-abortion ârightsâ Catholic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius may even be assuming the place of bishops by redefining unrestricted abortion advocates as advocates of the true pro-life position, constitutional law attorney Matt Bowman claims in an essay at the American Spectator website.
Bowman, who also directs the website and blog www.AbortObama.com, writes that pro-lifers had hoped President Obamaâs pro-life backers might âreally opposeâ his abortion policies, dreaming âthat Doug Kmiec might actually do some good, by using Obamaâs listening ear by convincing him to moderate his extremist abortion agenda.â
He charges that Catholic backers of Obama were âsilentâ when Obama opened international funding to abortion-promoting organizations by rescinding the Mexico City Policy.
Their position became especially doubtful, Bowman says, when several of them attacked the pro-life campaign against the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), âeven though that campaign is the only thing keeping FOCA from becoming reality.â
However, any remaining hopes have been âsmashedâ by a recent letter defending Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, nominee to become Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
âThey have declared full-scale war against Catholic and evangelical pro-life political activity,â Bowman claims.
On Sunday, the group Catholics United released a statement signed by 26 Catholics who defended Sebeliusâ nomination. The statement claimed âKathleen Sebelius has made clear that she agrees with church teaching that abortion is wrong and has lived and acted according to that belief.â
This argument risks redefining Catholic life and action, Bowman cautions.
âBy claiming that Sebelius âlives and actsâ not just any high-minded ideals, but specifically pro-life Catholic teaching, the letter's signers are donning their own miters and claiming to teach Catholics what the faith is. That is a role only a Bishop can fill, and if Catholic Bishops recognize the attempt to usurp their own authority they just might respond,â he writes.
He notes that the letter contradicts Archbishop of Kansas City Joseph Naumannâs request that Gov. Sebelius refrain from receiving Communion until she publicly repudiates her position on abortion.
Comparing âObama Pro-lifersâ to the group âCatholics for a Free Choice,â Bowman suggests that they may be âlargely neutralizedâ in much the same way by the bishops repeatedly condemning their errors.