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Not really her choice

To the editor:

Father McBrien’s column once again makes one wonder why he is continually printed in Catholic diocesan papers. His ideas more often than not go directly against Church teaching. In his October article he stopped short of officially endorsing Biden as his preferred vice presidential candidate, but hints at just about as much. Biden’s position on abortion has been well documented to be completely against church teaching. No Catholic in good standing can accept that position. This has been made clear by the response of multiple bishops to the “Meet the Press” interview Father McBrien cited.

My main concern about Father McBrien’s article is that he called Sarah Palin a “fallen away Catholic” saying she left the Catholic Church as a teenager. This may or may not be true. Various sources suggest that she was 12 or 13. Either way, it was not her decision, but her mother’s. The pejorative “fallen away Catholic” is a low blow and I’m surprised an intellectual like Father McBrien would stoop to that level. I’m also surprised he would make claims which are unverifiable. The implication that Catholics should feel more tribal allegiance to Biden and betrayed by Palin is ludicrous. The church doesn’t officially sponsor candidates, but “Faithful Citizenship” is quite clear. Not every election has a right and wrong candidate. However, in the 2008 US Presidential Election there is clearly a right and wrong candidate. “Faithful Citizenship” would be a meaningless document if this were never the case.

Ben Anderson

Mercedes Drive

Rochester

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