It all started when Rev. Thomas Tobin was invited to attend a “Rudy for President” fundraiser for $1500.
In response the Catholic Bishop of Providence, R.I. (who’s not even a Republican) wrote “My RSVP to Rudy Giuliani,” which indicates a certain level of dissatifaction with the former Mayor’s stance on abortion:
Rudy’s explanation is a classic expression of the position on abortion we’ve heard from weak-kneed politicians so frequently in recent years:
“I’m personally opposed to but don’t want to impose my views on other people.” The incongruity of that position has been exposed many times now. As I’ve asked previously, would we let any politician get away with the same pathetic cop-out on other issues: “I’m personally opposed to . . . racial discrimination, sexual abuse, prostitution, drug abuse, polygamy, incest . . . but don’t want to impose my beliefs on others?”
Why is it that when I hear someone explaining this position, I think of the sad figure of Pontius Pilate in the Gospels, who personally found no guilt in Jesus, but for fear of the crowd, washed his hands of the whole affair and handed Jesus over to be crucified. I can just hear Pilate saying, “You know, I’m personally opposed to crucifixion but I don’t want to impose my belief on others.”
Interestingly, he asks the question I think all of us want answered: Why does Rudy “hate abortion” and believe it’s morally wrong?
I’ll bet this is the last “Rudy for President” function Bishop Tobin receives. Read the whole thing.