What do you call a man who, though entrusted with the defense of innocents, “refuses” to defend the lives of those he believes to be innocent?
What do you call someone who insists that his faith “defines” him but selectively refuses to act on that faith?
And what do you call a man who, having hardened his conscience against his own Church’s clear teaching on the gravest of matters, would willingly employ the state to force others to violate their own consciences?
Most people call him, “Mr. Vice President.” For now.
Stephen P. White is a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC and coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society. The views expressed here are his own.