One would have thought the Democrats would have learned their lesson and not place another Catholic on a presidential ticket. Instead they are gluttons for punishment.
If Geraldine Ferraro or John Kerry didn’t teach them already, Joe Biden will certainly reinforce the message that Catholics on a Democratic ticket have to endorse the party’s pro-abortion plank regardless of their personal views on the issue or their religious faith and this simply creates a campaign distraction where bishops or politically active lay Catholics take pot-shots at the candidate forÂ his abortion views or deny them communion, whichever comes first.
All of this simply tears the larger Catholic community apart sadly. To me, it’s weird that there is this obsession in some quarters over the “Catholic” vote. A long time ago, when Catholics were more culturally coherent and united, there was such a thing. Now Catholics vote just likeÂ any other Americans. The more religiously inclined vote conservative and the not-so-religiously inclined are more independent. Isn’t that true for pretty much all religions?Â The divide isn’t between different groups of religions, it’s between those who are more serious about their faith than others.
Joe Biden is probably a better Catholic than I am. But so long as Catholics like him think they can somehow separate their faith from the judgement they use to decide upon the issues of the day, just to please a minority ofÂ shrill feminists,Â it will not save them from criticism. And he certainly should not say his faith leads him to oppose capital punishmentÂ or environmental activismÂ and yet doesn’t lead him to oppose abortion like Kerry did. That makes no sense.
If Barak Obama picked Joe Biden as his VP becaue he thinks that will pull more Catholics into his column, he is sorely mistaken. He simply going to bring a lot of unecessary griefÂ upon himself the way Ferraro did for Mondale and Kerry for himself.Â