CNN's Roland Martin misstates Catholic teaching in defending Obama
By Michael M. Bates
CNN's Roland Martin is hosting Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull for the next eight weeks. On last Monday's program, Martin clearly demonstrated he's going to have trouble living up to the program's title.
The subject was the Notre Dame-Barack Obama controversy. Martin argued with the Catholic League's William Donohue that inviting the adamantly pro-abortion Obama to the school and awarding him an honorary degree is no different from Notre Dame's 2001 treatment of former President George W. Bush, who supports capital punishment:
Minutes later, Martin said:
Are abortion and capital punishment morally equivalent in the eyes of the Catholic Church? Paragraph 2267 of the Church's Catechism begins:
The traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude, presupposing full ascertainment of the identity and responsibility of the offender, recourse to the death penalty, when this is the only practicable way to defend the lives of human beings effectively against the aggressor.
Paragraph 2271 discusses abortion and says in pertinent part:
Martin claims he's "heard Pope Benedict, as well as Pope John Paul II talk about the death penalty, and they rank it just right up there with abortion."
Not according to Pope Benedict XVI. As Cardinal Ratzinger, he wrote:
In defending Notre Dame's invitation and awarding of an honorary degree to Obama, Roland Martin distorted the Church's teachings.
Martin started the program by saying:
Wow, he actually voted for the first President Bush. But that was over 20 years ago. If Roland is, as he claims, conservative on some issues, he's gone out of his way not to show it.
My experience is that public personalities who eschew what they disdainfully call labels are invariably liberals. Conservatives don't have a problem admitting their perspective. For them, ideology is hardly "a ridiculous notion."
Roland Martin's hosting of the program may require amending the show's title. How does All Bias, All Bull sound?
Michael M. Bates is a regular contributor to Enter Stage Right. His web site can be found at http://www.michaelmbates.com/.