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Catholic Dems to Pope: Zip it

Yesterday, 18 House Democrats - all Catholics - issued a statement objecting to the Pope's contention that any Catholic politician who supports a woman's right to choose should be excommunicated from the church. From the statement:

We are concerned with the Pope's recent statement warning Catholic elected officials that they risk excommunication and would not receive communion for their pro-choice views ... Advancing respect for life and for the dignity of every human being is, as our church has taught us, our own life's mission.

The statement goes on to say that the suggested penalty "offend(s) the very nature of the American experiment and do(es) a great disservice to the centuries of good work the church has done."

Update: Last year, 55 Catholic Democrats in the House released a similar "Catholic Statement of Principles" that is worth a read, too.

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