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GOP identity crisis

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jul 14, 2004

At its national convention in New York, the Republican Party will hear keynote speeches from-- let's see-- a Catholic governor who supports legal abortion, another Catholic governor who supports abortion, and a former Catholic mayor who supports abortion.

No, that is not a typo. I'm talking about the speakers at the Republican convention: Schwarzenegger, Pataki, and Giuliani.

Sad to say, the GOP seems embarrassed by its pro-life platform. (And I'm not the only columnist making that observation.)

During the coming campaign season, the Bush team will ask Catholics to remember that John Kerry is at odds with the principles of his-- our-- faith. That's certainly true. But the argument would be a lot stronger if, at the nomination showcase, the Republican Party gave a prime-time platform to a Catholic who is not at odds with the Church's teachings.

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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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