Mayor Giuliani Responds to Bishop Tobin, Sort Of
At last night’s Republican Presidential debate televised on CNN, Wolf Blitzer asked Mayor Rudolph Giuliani about Bishop Thomas Tobin’s criticism of his position on abortion.
The joking and laughter at the beginning of the excerpt concerns a lightning strike that interfered with the Mayor’s answer…
Wolf Blitzer: Mayor Giuliani, there was some news here today. A Catholic bishop in Rhode Island said some words about your position on abortion, suggesting that it was similar to Pontius Pilate’s personal opposition to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, but allowing it to happen anyway. How does that make you feel when you hear words like that from a Catholic bishop?
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani: Well, Catholic bishop — any religion (inaudible).
WB: That’s the lightning that’s having an effect on our system.
RG: I know.
I guess I’m here by myself.
Look, for someone who went to parochial schools all his life, this is a very frightening thing that’s happening right now.
But the reality is I respect, you know, the opinion of Catholic (inaudible) and religious leaders of all kinds. Religion is very important to me. It’s a very important part of my life.
But ultimately, as (inaudible) been in public life most of my life and taken oaths of office to enforce the law, I’ve got to make the decisions that I think are the right ones in a country like ours.
And my view on abortion is that it’s wrong, but that ultimately government should not be enforcing that decision on a woman.
That is my view that I — I consult my religion. I consult my reading of the Constitution. I consult my views of what I think are important in a pluralistic society, and the reality that we have to respect the fact that there are people that are equally as religious, equally as moral, that make a different decision about this, and should government put them in jail?