April 9, 2010
Sr. Anita Baird Apologizes for Defending Obama
The day after she defended Obama as “pro-choice,” as opposed to “pro-abortion,” Sr. Anita Baird, an employee of the Archdiocese of Chicago, apologized for the remark.
The relevant portion of the apology is found at LifeSiteNews:
“In order to clarify my quote that appeared on LifeSiteNews.com, I am affirming my belief in the teachings of the Catholic Church and understand that there can be no distinction between pro-abortion and pro-choice, because the choice at issue is the choice to kill a child,” wrote Baird in a statement released Wednesday. “I also apologize to those who were scandalized by my statement.”
It’s good to see that the Archdiocese of Chicago reacted swiftly to the story and issued a statement immediately.
However, I reiterate by my comment at Catholic Advocate on Wednesday when the story broke:
Finally, Sr. Baird’s defense of Fr. Pfleger’s support of Obama is a snapshot of how the Obama advocacy goes on inside the Catholic Church, through chanceries and parishes into the grassroots. Catholics who support Obama and work to convince other Catholics to vote for him, as Fr. Pfleger has done, ignore the myriad of evidence that Obama is pro-abortion. They parrot a handful of Obama speeches filled with promises his never intends to keep.
The apology is a good thing, but the fact is that the “pro-choice” Obama apologetic remains firmly impressed in the minds of many Catholics, including its leadership in parishes and chanceries.
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