The DeLauro Democrats and the Bishops

The DeLauro Democrats and the Bishops
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At 1 p.m. EDT on June 18, it was announced that three-quarters of the U.S. bishops had voted to develop a statement on the eucharistic integrity of the Church and the eucharistic coherence of Catholics. Within an hour, a "Statement of Principles" was released by 60 Catholic members of Congress, all Democrats and led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut. Addressed to the bishops, the statement was respectful in tone. Shortly after its release, however, one of the signatories, Rep. Ted Lieu of California, tweeted that he was a Catholic who supported a "woman's right to choose," adding, "Next time I go to church, I dare you to deny me communion." Congressman Lieu's spluttering rather gave the game away: The purpose of the members' "Statement of Principles" was to intimidate the bishops.

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