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Obama appointee to Justice department sought to silence bishops on abortion

Catholic World News - February 05, 2010

The US Senate judiciary committee has postponed a vote on the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice department. Johnsen's nomination by President Obama has encountered opposition from Catholic leaders who point to her involvement in a bid to strip the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Church if bishops continued to voice their opposition to legal abortion.

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  • Posted by: tgliang9789 - Feb. 06, 2010 1:24 AM ET USA

    I'd like to see U of Notre Dame and the Vatican cardinal who spoke favorably and naively of Obama wiggle out of this!

  • Posted by: JR - Feb. 06, 2010 12:22 AM ET USA

    Go ahead, strip the Church's tax exempt status. Once the tax exemption has been eliminated, pastors and bishops may feel more at liberty to speak openly without fear.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 05, 2010 7:36 PM ET USA

    The renomination of this woman proves that Obama has no interest in seeking "middle ground." This hardline abortion-lover thinks the middle ground is where you bury your opponents, especially lovers of God and of life.

  • Posted by: adamah - Feb. 05, 2010 7:34 PM ET USA

    Yet "Catholic" politicians, religious and clerics, including some bishops, continue to support Obama.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Feb. 05, 2010 7:20 PM ET USA

    One of these days people are going to call a spade a spade: Obama and his administration are anti-Catholic, anti-Christian and anti-everything this country stands for. The sooner people face these facts, the better off we'll be.

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