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NCR's John Allen Jr.: Incivility Hurts the Pro-Life Cause

Salt and Light Media

September 14, 2009
John Allen Jr.'s recent National Catholic Reporter column discusses reaction to Father Thomas Rosica's comments on the Kennedy Funeral.
johnallenjrpicIncivility hurts the pro-life cause
by John L Allen Jr
Sep. 11, 2009
One bit of gallows humor in Catholic circles is that sometimes the worst enemies of the pro-life movement are pro-lifers themselves. The point is that a handful of activists occasionally come off as so shrill, so angry and judgmental, that fair-minded people simply tune out the pro-life message.
That’s horribly unfair, of course, to the vast majority of people involved in pro-life efforts, who in my experience are respectful, idealistic, and eminently rational. There’s just enough truth to the perception, however, to make it worth a brief examination of conscience.
Cases in point are offered by the health care reform debate and the Kennedy funeral, both of which have occasioned some truly nasty commentary – much of it, naturally, in the blogosphere. Two Catholic personalities in particular have found themselves in the line of fire: Daughters of Charity Sr. Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association; and Basilian Fr. Tom Rosica, head of Salt and Light TV, a national Catholic network in Canada.
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