Is he or isn’t he?

Is he or isn’t he?

In the cover story to this week’s National Review the chief political adviser to Republican Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney said the governor is a “pro-life Mormon faking it as a pro-choice friendly” in order to win election in Massachusetts. After all, the conventional wisdom says, a pro-lifer can’t win statewide office in this bluest of blue states (which I don’t think is true.)

Today, that adviser, Michael Murphy, is saying that he was misunderstood. Murphy claims that what he meant to say was that Romney told voters in 2002 that he was “personally opposed, but…” he would not changes the abortion laws of the commonwealth and has kept that promise. It’s an easy promise to keep since the Legislature and courts weren’t going to give him an opportunity to change the law.

But the larger picture is that Romney has been flitting about the country giving speeches to Republican groups where he sounds very different when talking about abortion. In fact, he almost sounds like a dyed-in-the-wool pro-lifer. Everyone says that despite his protestations he’s positioning himself for a run for president in 2008, and GOP nominees must generally be pro-life (more or less, usually less).

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Domenico Bettinelli
  • Was surprised recently to learn of Romney’s Mormonism.  Realistically ,this, I believe, would be more of a hindrance to achieving the presidency than his degree of pro-life commitment.  He would be the first president to belong to a cult and it is doubtful the Republican base would support him in a primary. 

  • I know that strong Pro-life,Pro-marriage(male/female) Republicans running for local offices in the Metrowest area were refused any financial support from the Republican coffers at the direction of Gov. Romney because he thought they should not take strong positions on these 2 issues. Only those who gave mushy answers to these questions got funding for their campaigns.
    This was a real eye-opener to me!

  • Richard Nixon was a Quaker. Jefferson was a Deist. One could argue that both are cults, or at least as much sects as Mormonism.

    Anyway…wow. How things have changed!

    When Mitt ran against Teddy for the US senate, he came to a Republican Ward meeting in Boston. In addressing the two of us <g>, he insisted that he was, most certainly, all for “protecting a woman’s right to choose.” In 1994, I guess, it was politically important to be considered pro-abortion…at least as pro-abortion as Kennedy.

    Now I read that federal aspirations, from the GOP side anyway, require a pro-life stance?


  • The Herald’s front-page caption has it: “Mitt: I am not a fake”.  Thanks for clearing that up!

    Being “personally” pro-life but also pro-choice in public policy is at least inconsistent, so Romney’s reassuring us that he is illogical rather than hypocritical.  Well, maybe it’s better for his soul, but I can’t get enthused about it.

  • We need to write Archbishop O’Malley about these kinds of things. And we need to write him again. And again. And again.

    Maybe something will happen…

  • Marquette website says:  We are a Catholic, Jesuit University

    Of course, the billboard I saw in the Milwaukee airport the other day said nothing of “Catholic”.

    Here a wallpaper of their logo.  Anyone see a cross or a Crucifix?

  • My question is, with so many politicians who we THINK might be frauds and liars, is it really necessary to go past all those to the guy who we KNOW is a fraud and a liar?

    Either Romney is willing to set his convictions (whatever they are) aside based on political convenience—the typical coward who can never be trusted or relied upon—or he has no conviction and will say whatever he thinks people want to hear.

    In either case, he’s worthless.

    Of course, it’s probably a moot point as he’s doing a good job bringing an end to his own political career.

  • In Milwaukee, there’s a “priest shortage” too—maybe, sorta.

    An African native priest has arrived in town and did some time in post-grad study.  He prefers to remain in the USA, but the Archdiocese has told him that “there are no assignments available” here.

    Odd.  There are plenty of one-priest parishes and lots of noise about “priestless Sundays.”

  • In either case, he

    I guess denying the existence of hell and other heresies isn’t enough to get a Catholic priest permanently removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of Boston. Fr. Ron Coyne, former pastor of St. Albert the Great in Weymouth, is back serving on the archdiocese’s emergency response team. These are priests who are generally between permanent assignments and who fill in at parishes while the pastors are on vacation or out sick or whatever.

    Fr. Coyne served the same function at my parish a few years ago when my pastor was out of town for a couple of weeks. Like everyone else I found him to be personable and friendly … and as liberal as they come. Did I mention we were living under the same roof for those two weeks? (I lived at my parish’s rectory for six years; long story… read my bio linked from the top of the page.) I avoided theological topics and we talked Red Sox mostly. Didn’t want indigestion while eating my corn flakes.

    Anyway, I guess low numbers of priests trumps people actually receiving the Truth, which is too bad since it’s probably better for people to have to travel to the next parish for a couple of Sundays rather than be spoonfed heretical homilies and “imaginative” Masses. Unless of course Fr. Coyne has undergone a radical conversion, in which case I take it all back. Did he?


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    2005-06-04 05:15:15
    2005-06-04 09:15:15
    “I guess low numbers of priests trumps people actually receiving the Truth”.

    An old teacher of mine once suggested that “the low number of priests”  after the Great Plague lead to the appointment of unmeritorious and /or badly trained clerics which prevented “people actually receiving
    the Truth”. This in turn lead to the slow entry of scandalous practices into the Church and the gradual weakening of the Faith. Its ultimate result was the Reformation and Protestantism : a wound in the Unity of the Church of Christ.

    Those who do not learn from history are bound to make the same mistakes.

  • “…badly trained clerics which prevented arquette has company:  U of Scranton is there as well.