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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ah, crap

At Vox Nova, Henry Karlson draws attention to the new-to-me news that
Legatus, a membership organization for Catholic business leaders, will present President George W. Bush with its prestigious Cardinal John J. O'Connor Pro-Life Award at its annual Summit....
Now, Legatus is not your run-of-the-mill association of the lay faithful. You pretty much have to run the mill yourself to join. Any Catholic organization that limits membership by job title is not going to be shamed.

And George Bush did a lot of -- oops, wrong list -- he did a lot of things consistent with Catholic teaching on respect for human life. Say what you like about what he didn't do, he was certainly much better on abortion than either his predecessor or his successor. He gave us Harriet Miers Roberts and Alito. And he sure seems to have liked and respected the Popes he met.

But seriously. ESCR. Pre-emptive war. Torture*.

In a comment at Vox Nova, past Cardinal John J. O'Connor Pro-Life Award winner Austin Ruse writes:
Yes, he deserves the award.
And of course, Legatus itself is the final arbiter of who deserves its awards, so I can hardly challenge that.

I can, though, understand the worth of the award by whom it's awarded to.

* Yes, dammit. Torture.