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House Catholic’s Make a Stand

by Pamela Leavey

Fifty-five House Democrats issued a joint statement on Tuesday on the “central role that the Catholic faith plays in their public lives.” The statement comes as many Democrats are “still reeling from the attacks on Sen. John F. Kerry’s brand of Roman Catholicism during the 2004 presidential race.” The signers said they “were fed up with being labeled “good Catholics” or “bad Catholics” based on one issue — abortion.”

They said their religion infuses their positions on many issues: poverty, war, health care and education.

“Some of us are pro-choice and some of us are pro-life,” said Rep. William J. Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.). “But we respect each other and we’re going to defend each other, because we’re all operating in good conscience.”

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