Tuesday, October 14, 2008
CAN A CATHOLIC SUPPORT HIM? in Newsweek
Douglas W. Kmiec's Can a Catholic Support Him? continues to draw national media attention, including a piece in Newsweek by George Weigel: "The most visible of the pro-Obama Catholic pro-lifers has been Pepperdine University law professor Douglas Kmiec, formerly dean of the law school at the Catholic University of America and a minor official in the Justice Departments of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Kmiec began the 2008 cycle as co-chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign, but recently told the Chicago Tribune that, as the campaign unfolded, "I kept discovering that Obama was sounding more Catholic than most Catholics I know" on issues like the family wages, health-care costs and the war in Iraq. With Romney out of the race, Kmiec announced his support for Obama on Easter Sunday, arguing that "Senator Obama comes reasonably close" to embodying "an alternative way to be pro-life." Kmiec develops that arresting claim in a new book, Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Questions About Barack Obama published in mid-September."