William A. Dinges, a professor of religious studies at The Catholic University of America, is steamed. Addressing a national gathering of 100 or so diocesan social-action leaders in Washington, D.C., Dinges says that polarization in the Catholic Church has reached a new peak with the 2004 presidential election (according to a Catholic News Service report, Feb. 22).
Whos to blame? Its largely the right-wing Catholics, who insisted that the election hinged on abortion and embryonic stem-cell research. Dinges says the rhetoric has been vitriolic and the behavior uncivil, being characterized by confrontation, harassment and attempts at intimidation.
Dinges deplores all this rancor, incivility, and name-calling.
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