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The truth about Barack Obama

It is painful, but it is true. Obama is an impressive figure. He is handsome, intelligent, competent and charismatic. He is a brilliant leader and much more impressive than the presidential candidate he defeated.

And yet ... his total commitment to tha cause of abortion on demand, and to forcing Catholic hospitals and doctors to perform abortions, is a sad proof that Christians are having to face hard choices in their assessment of political life and in the exercise of their democratic life. Archbishop Burke, the highest ranking judge in the ecclesiastical courts of the Catholic Church, gave an interview on this situation. He subsequently apologised for any offence he might have caused to his brother bishops in seeming to criticise their less forceful stance on these issues, but the interview is still a very valid take on the dilemmas faced by faithful Christians in the USA and worldwide. You can hear it online at: http://gloria.tv/?media=23853

The other tragedy is that Obama, in supporting the Freedom of Choice Act, has missed a chance to unite America and end the painful divide in American society. Far from ending the culture wars in the USA, Obama's current course is simply going to make that divide a more bitter one and the problem even more intractable. We need to support the American pro-life movement, and the American people in general, with our prayers.

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