John Kerry gave a speech on Sunday designed to stave off questions about his claim to Catholic faith. Basically, he said that the Catholic faith means whatever any individual Catholic wants it to mean.
I love my Church. I respect the bishops, but I respectfully disagree.”
“I know there are some bishops who have suggested that as a public official I must cast votes or take positions on issues like a woman’s right to choose or stem cell research that carry out the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church,” he said.
“My task, as I see it,” said Sen. Kerry, “is not to write every doctrine into law. That is not possible or right in a pluralistic society,” he said. “But my faith does give me values to live by and to apply to the decisions that I make,” he added.
He then quoted Scripture to say that concern folr the most vulnerable members of society “is a moral obligation that is at the heart of all—all—of our religious traditions.” He has a funny way of expressing his moral obligation to the most vulnerable members of society: the unborn.