Monday, June 14, 2004

CATHOLICS GONE WILD I'm not one for wading into issues of religious dogma. But isn't the political flap about abortion and communion crying out for a distinction between personal belief and advocacy on the one hand and public policy on the other?

Can't a person be morally opposed to something without thinking it should be banned? And aren't there principles we each find morally binding that we don't want federally enforced?

Discussions about what the law should be and how we should live are certainly not unrelated. But they aren't always intimately connected either. And in a pluralistic society they aren't ever exactly the same thing.

So do those who oppose communion for pro-choice Catholics have a problem with pluralism?

Am I missing something here?

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