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The Weblog at The View from the Core - Mon. 07/22/02 02:33:10 PM

I Beat Amy!

To blogging about Kansas' Sen. Sam Brownback joining the Catholic Church:

A Catholic Convert
After working closely with Catholics and evangelical Christians to oppose human cloning and restrict stem cell research, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), converted to Roman Catholicism in a quiet ceremony June 27 in Washington.
Brownback, a former United Methodist, often has spoken of his Christian faith in connection with issues such as abortion and the civil war in Sudan. But he declined to discuss his reasons for embracing Catholicism. "It's a personal matter," aide Erik Hotmire said.
The ceremony was performed at the Catholic Information Center by the Rev. John McCloskey, a priest who belongs to the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei and who has helped to convert several celebrities, including former abortionist Bernard Nathanson and intellectual Robert Novak.
"I really can't say anything except that Senator Brownback is clearly a person who believes in the moral vision of the teaching of the Catholic Church on things like cloning and stem cell research," McCloskey said.
Brownback's sponsor was Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who blamed the church's sex abuse scandal partly on America's liberal culture in a July 12 article for Catholic Online (
"It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning 'private' moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm," Santorum wrote.

Somehow, a story about Sen. Brownback can't help mentioning that Fr. McCloskey is "conservative", and then turns into a piece about how Sen. Santorum blamed "liberals" for something.

(Thanks Amy. And see below.)

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Mon. 07/22/02 02:33:10 PM
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