Saturday, May 19, 2007

Archbishop Prendergast: Don't check your faith at the door

Catholic politicians can't, and shouldn't, check their faith at the door of the House of Commons when they vote on issues like abortion and gay marriage, says the newly appointed archbishop of Ottawa.

"They should take their faith into full consideration in the decisions they take for the good of the people," Archbishop Terrence Prendergast told reporters yesterday. He's leaving the Halifax archdiocese after nine years at its helm.

"I would call every politician who's a person of faith to bring their faith to bear. The notion of a separation of church and state is a very American thing ... I think that's just not appropriate, and I think many people feel the same way as I do."

He said he'll push politicians to consider limits on abortion, and to respect Catholic teachings when considering euthanasia, an issue he expects to gain public prominence in the years to come.


I like what I see! I just hope he backs up his words with actions, too.

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