In a post primarily devoted to laying out the awesomeness that was Rev. Thomas Eutenauer's smackdown of Sean Hannity for publicly supporting access to birth control, Andrew Sullivan wonders aloud about what sort of scrutiny awaits the twice-divorced, gay- and abortion-rights supporting Rudy Giulliani from his own church:
If Benedict wants to enforce total public orthodoxy on issues important to Catholicism, he should be consistent. He should demand obedience not just on abortion, but gays and contraception as well. I have a feeling a lot of Catholic conservatives are going to find themselves seeing the bright side of secularism all of a sudden. Which leads to a fascinating question: will the Catholic hierarchy treat Giuliani the way they treated Kerry? And will the theocon right react the same way?
That post was composed shortly after 2 p.m., so I guess Sullivan hadn't yet gotten around to reading the editorial in this morning's National Catholic Register. If he had, he'd see it's already begun!
A Republican Party led by a pro-abortion politician would become a pro-abortion party. Parents know that, when we make significant exceptions to significant rules, those exceptions themselves become iron-clad rules to our children. It’s the same in a political party. A Republican Party led by Rudy Giuliani would be a party of contempt for the pro-life position, which is to say, contempt for the fundamental right on which all others depend.
Would a pro-abortion president give us a pro-life Supreme Court justice? Maybe he would in his first term. But we’ve seen in the Democratic Party how quickly and completely contempt for the right to life corrupts. Even if a President Giuliani did the right thing for a short time, it’s likely the party that accepted him would do the wrong thing for a long time.