I'm not Catholic, but I'm very please to see that Catholic bishops are holding firm on the matter of abortion and not allowing it to be dismissed as a "private" matter.

The statement from Cardinal Justin Rigali and Bishop William Lori said Biden, who appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," is the latest case of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy correcting a Catholic politician.

Asked on the program about when life begins, Biden said: "Look, I know when it begins for me. It's a personal and private issue. For me, as a Roman Catholic, I am prepared to accept the teachings in my church."

He added that while he believes life begins "at the moment of conception," it would inappropriate to impose that view on others in a pluralistic society.

The bishops said Biden was right to say human life begins at conception. But the church "does not teach this as matter of faith; it acknowledges it as a matter of objective fact," they said.

Abortion is no more a private matter than is any other homicide. Some may be justified by self-defense considerations (which the bishops would probably disagree with), but acting as if protecting a baby is a mere "imposition" of morals is absurd.

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