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Issue Date:  March 17, 2006

Quotable & Notable

“If you take this to its logical, ludicrous extreme, every single person who comes up to receive holy Communion, you have to ask them to show papers.”

-- Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony in an interview with the Los Angeles Times said he would instruct his priests to defy laws that would make humanitarian assistance to undocumented immigrants illegal.

“We hope it forestalls the day when works of mercy become a federal crime.”

-- New York Times editorial endorsing Mahony’s call to civil disobedience, which it said is “as courageous as it is timely”

“Confrontation [between the West and Iran] could be counterproductive and would not provide us with a durable solution.”

-- Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency saying a deal to defuse a standoff over Iran’s nuclear aims was still possible

“We felt that we allowed a small minority to drive this issue.”

-- Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., who said 55 Catholic Democrats in the House signed a “statement of principles” because they felt frustrated by how Communion was used “as a political weapon against some elected officials” during the 2004 elections

“The pro-life community is divided on what the best strategy is.”

-- Sam Lee of Campaign Life Missouri saying that abortion opponents are split over whether it’s time to pull out all the stops on banning abortion or time to continue seeking to restrict the procedure with less ambitious bills, such as parental consent laws

National Catholic Reporter, March 17, 2006

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