Kerry, Catholicism, and Abortion (a/k/a The Mother of All Threads) Catholics Attack Kerry on Abortion Stance Oddly enough, yours truly here has e-mailed Sen. Kerry twice in the last week asking about this exact same topic. The response has been thundering silence (surprise!). As a Catholic pro-life Democrat, there are very few candidates out there that champion all of my beliefs and causes. In fact, I can count all of them on the fingers on my third hand (i.e. zero). There's always going to be a handful of issues that various Democrats are going to disagree on - that's the nature (and probably its downfall) of the party. Kerry's stance as being pro-choice does not bother me - I haven't seen a pro-life Democrat in my voting lifetime. (BTW, I think a pro-life, pro-gun Democrat could win 40 of 50 states.) But his being Catholic and pro-choice is very confusing. Here's his justification: and; It's a fairly neutral stance that I can buy into. But is it hypocritical? Can he say he tries to keep his church and his state seperate, but still vote on these issues? Would it be less hypocritical if he excused himself from such votes (as a senator, of course - presidents seldom have that option)?