Party once embraced Catholics but no more
By Dave Andrusko
For those of us of a certain age, Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s op-ed in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, “The Democrats Abandon Catholics,” was painfully accurate, in fact excruciatingly so.
The Democratic Party has sold its institutional soul lock, stock, and barrel to the Planned Parenthoods and NARALs and EMILY’s Lists of this world. If you grew up, as I did, in a family that was not Catholic or the least bit political but always, always voted Democratic, this truth reminds you how far the party has come.
Archbishop Dolan is writing about several issues, including some that apply specifically to the Catholic Church. But his broader point rings true with single-issue pro-lifers of any religious denomination or none: “the right to life of the baby in the womb,” he writes, has largely “been rejected by the party of our youth.”
He offers several examples, including pro-life Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois’ third congressional district who narrowly defeated a militant pro-abortionist in the Democratic party primary. In Congress since 2005, Rep. Lipinski should have been embraced wholly and without the slightest reservation.
What miniscule help the party did afford him came late. Had it not been for pro-lifers, surely he would have lost to Marie Newman, the darling of NARAL, EMILY’s List, and Planned Parenthood’s political arm.
The decided lack of enthusiasm reminds us—as it did Archbishop Dolan—of how “Last year, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez insisted that pro-life candidates have no place in the modern Democratic Party.”
There are also issues specific to New York which are vivid examples of what a foothold abortion has established.
Archbishop Dolan speaks lovingly of the late Delores Grier who was “named vice chancellor of the archdiocese three decades ago by Cardinal John O’Connor,” an African-America who “was the first layperson and first woman to hold the prestigious position.”
She fully understood that “abortion was an act of genocide against minorities.” Dolan adds
The statistics today confirm her observation: In 2013 there were more black babies aborted in New York City (29,007) than were born here (24,758), according to a report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
But the assault on unborn babies in New York is unrelenting.
More sobering, what is already the most radical abortion license in the country may soon be even more morbidly expanded. For instance, under the proposed Reproductive Health Act, doctors would not be required to care for a baby who survives an abortion. The newborn simply would be allowed to die without any legal implications. And abortions would be legal up to the moment of birth.
And who, by the way, is the motivating force between the “Reproductive Health Act?” Abortion extremist Gov. Andrew Cuomo, son of the late Gov. Mario Cuomo who patented the “personally opposed” argument for Catholic politicians.
I can do no better than end with Archbishop Dolan’s more in sorrow than anger conclusion:
I’m a pastor, not a politician, and I’ve certainly had spats and disappointments with politicians from both of America’s leading parties. But it saddens me, and weakens the democracy millions of Americans cherish, when the party that once embraced Catholics now slams the door on us.