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Off the wall

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 20, 2003

Sen. John Kerry, who still claims to be a Catholic has promised that he will block the nomination of any pro-life candidate for a seat on the Supreme Court.

This might be a good time to recall that, in the published opinion of Cardinal Mahony, Gov. Frank Keating is "off the wall." If any bishop has ever expressed a similar view of Sen. Kerry (or Kennedy, or Dodd, or Biden, or Mikulski...), it hasn't been in print.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 21, 2003 9:51 AM ET USA

    Ok....but what about all those "Catholics" who vote for them?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jun. 21, 2003 9:47 AM ET USA

    The Jellyfish metaphor is too kind. While Jellyfish lack spine, they do not lack locomotion -- unlike many of the Bishops. A more appropriate sea creature would be the Deep Sea cucumber or sea urchin -- safely esconsed 10,000 feet below sea level. Immovable, content, surrounded by absolute darkness and not built for locomotion. Sort of a cross between Dante's Divine Comedy and Waterworld.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 21, 2003 3:10 AM ET USA

    I believe that Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who still claims to be a Catholic, has also promised to block any pro-life candidate. Unfortunately, we seem to have too many jellyfish bishops, who fear to excommunicate such Judases.