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Among high-profile Catholic politicians, dissent from Church doctrine may be a disease that proceeds through predictable stages. Tom Daschle and Kathleen Sibelius, for instance, having both rejected magisterial teaching against support for abortion, now seem to both reject the injunction to “render unto Ceasar” :

Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius recently corrected three years of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes after finding “unintentional errors” — the latest tax troubles for an Obama administration nominee.

Update: A reader rightly argues that it was unfair for me to imply equivalence between Daschle and Sibelius, since there is so far no evidence of intentional wrongdoing on the part of the latter. I confess that I found the superficial parallel too amusing to resist. I hereby retract any suggestion that Ms. Sibelius is dishonest.



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