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Catholics and the Campaign, and Adam Shepherd’s Scratch Beginnings

Friday, October 17, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput has a typically thoughtful and thorough article on the election and how a faithful Catholic ought to approach it. Here is a key paragraph:

I believe that Senator Obama, whatever his other talents, is the most committed ”abortion-rights” presidential candidate of either major party since the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973. Despite what Prof. Kmiec suggests, the party platform Senator Obama runs on this year is not only aggressively ”pro-choice;” it has also removed any suggestion that killing an unborn child might be a regrettable thing. On the question of homicide against the unborn child – and let’s remember that the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer explicitly called abortion ”murder” – the Democratic platform that emerged from Denver in August 2008 is clearly anti-life.

Read the whole thing, and George Weigel’s new article in Newsweek on the same subject.

Archbishop Chaput’s new book on the larger question of Catholics and the public square is Render Unto Caesar, and George Weigel’s most recent book is Against the Grain. Both are extraordinarily important and serious though very readable treatments of how Catholic faith ought to intersect with politics.

Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political LifeAgainst the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace

On a completely different subject, Adam Shepherd was a guest on today’s program. He and his new book, Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25 and the Search for the American Dream were recommended to me by Instapundit, and they did not disappoint.

Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream

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