Democrat Theology Professor Says His Party Needs to Stop Losing Catholic Vote

He suggested re-framing social issues, but immediately got shut down.

A professor at Boston College, Thomas Groome, recently wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that caused much hysteria amongst liberals. The professor had the temerity to say that Democrats need to begin respecting Catholic Democrats by altering their stance on abortion:

Polls indicate that the nation holds mixed views about abortion. About 80 percent of Americans don’t want to criminalize it again. At the same time, at least 60 percent of Americans — and most likely a higher percentage of Catholics — oppose abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Yet despite the clear complexity of those attitudes, political discourse largely ignores the possibility of a middle ground between making all abortions legal or prohibiting them entirely. Mrs. Clinton, like most Democratic politicians, fell into this either/or trap last year.

“I strongly support Roe v. Wade,” Clinton said during the campaign, which made it seem like she was only considering the topic legally, not morally. It's even a step back from the Bill Clinton administration's language which said that abortion is "safe, legal and rare."  Groome compared her language to candidate Donald Trump's:
Mr. Trump, in contrast, offered a graphic description of “ripping the baby out of the womb in the ninth month, on the final day,” as if this were standard procedure. (More than 90 percent of American abortions are in the first trimester.) ...Democrats may have a chance to reclaim their Catholic base in the 2018 midterm elections. By tradition and by our church’s teaching on social justice, many Catholics could readily return to voting reliably Democratic. But for this to happen, their moral concerns regarding abortion must get a hearing within the party, rather than being summarily dismissed. 
"To begin with," he wrote, "Democratic politicians should publicly acknowledge that abortion is an issue of profound moral and religious concern."  Of course, he's not the first person to bring up this topic:
 
 
Even former President Obama said, “Those who diminish the moral elements of the decision aren’t expressing the full reality of it.” But even though this professor was agreeing with Obama, liberals weren't too pleased about his article. Hot Air reported:
Imani Gandy of Rewire News tweeted that Groome should “f*** off.” CNN’s Keith Boykin said, “This is baloney. I’m pro-choice, and I’m not going to change my views to win an election. Nor should the Democrats.” The Huffington Post’s Emma Gray “To win, Democrats should ignore the needs and lives of women who vote for them.”
And the reaction on Twitter was predictable:
 

The bottom line is that Democrats are so addicted to their social stances that they can't stand a nuanced essay in the New York Times even challenging them to go back to the era of Obama and Bill Clinton. That says a lot.  

h/t Instapundit

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