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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 23, 2008

Maybe you're wondering, too: Why don't the Catholic bishops of Georgia support the pro-life amendment proposed for that state?

So you read the bishops' public statement on the question. And you're left with only one question:

Why don't the Catholic bishops of Georgia support the pro-life amendment proposed for that state?

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2008 12:26 AM ET USA

    "...we, along with our brother bishops throughout the world, have unceasingly advocated for the sanctity of human life and continually supported legislative efforts to increase the protection of human life." When somebody is really a ceaseless advocate for the sanctity of human life, he usually doesn't have to take a few dozen words to try to convince you of it.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2008 8:32 AM ET USA

    It's obvious Boland hs been enlightened by whatsisname.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2008 10:49 PM ET USA

    If the bishops stopped listening to their "political" advisers and just spoke out on the moral aspects of these issues, it would be easy to know what action to take. But, when they are lobbying for subsidized textbooks, cemetery regulations, etc., they are just another constituent to the pols.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2008 9:19 PM ET USA

    From the wording of the Bishops's statement, it appears that they are personally opposed to abortion but... Do you think Senator Kennedy's PR team wrote that statement?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2008 11:02 AM ET USA

    It could be that they believe that slow but steady annual progress on passing Rep. Bobby Franklin's Life at Conception Act (HB-1) is a more reasonable path with a surer chance of success. Many people believes the proposed amendment is a red herring which Georgia Right to Life (its major supporter) is using to distract people who might otherwisee support HB-1. They are concerned with access and want to protect allies who might be hurt by HB-1. Or... Maybe the Bishops are just weak.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2008 10:48 AM ET USA

    The amendment says nothing about abortion, but makes a positive statement on personhood and the value of life. So why can't the bishops get behind that? Must it be all-or-nothing or can we be progressive about it?

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