Between Doug Kmiec and Pope Benedict XVI, who would be more likely to 'exaggerate' or speak carelessly? Who has a better background in ACTUAL Catholic theology? Who's life is dedicated to serving Christ and shepherding His people?
Who DO You Trust?
....The Pepperdine University law professor suggests the pope, instead, could take "a different, less intrusive course," by "continuing to observe the difference between a jurist and a legislator."
"Few are pleased with the abortion jurisprudence as it is," argues Kmiec, but by "imposing moral duties on Catholic jurists that are incompatible with their envisioned judicial role in a democracy," Pope Benedict XVI "is hardly likely to make it better."
Edward Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and director of its program on the Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture, questioned "whether Kmiec’s reading (of the Vatican statement) is actually a careful one."
"For starters, Kmiec assumes that the term 'jurists' is equivalent to 'judges'," Whelan explains, when actually the terms applies to "any person who possesses a degree in law."
The EPPC expert explains that "even if the statement does apply to American judges, all it says is that 'jurists' should 'work in co-operation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.' Kmiec turns this into an “admonition to ‘jurists’ to undertake an activist, law-changing role. But the statement doesn’t compel that reading." ....
I think I'll go with .....the POPE!