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The Giuliani Choice

Can conservative Christians vote in good conscience for the ex-New York mayor?

Catholic Church leaders are expressing frustration with Republican presidential aspirant Rudy Giuliani's abortion position. Like many Democrats before him, the former New York mayor, a professing Roman Catholic, says that while he is personally opposed to abortion, he doesn't want to impose his personal religious views on others.

According to a report in today's New York Times:

"One American bishop, Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, R.I., recently wrote a caustic column for his Catholic newspaper calling Mr. Giuliani's position 'pathetic,' 'confusing' and 'hypocritical.' Other bishops said that they would not criticize a candidate by name but would not hesitate to declare Mr. Giuliani's stance contrary to Catholic teaching.

"Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark said: 'I think he's being illogical, as are all of those who take the stand that "I'm personally opposed to abortion but this is my public responsibility to permit it." To violate human life is always and everywhere wrong. In fact, we ...

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