Rudy Giuliani Refuses to Discuss How His Catholic Faith Relates to Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 7, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 7,

Des Moines, IA ( — As the only pro-abortion candidate in the GOP race for president, Rudy Giuliani can’t get away from the issue of abortion. But walking away from a question about it was just what he did on Tuesday when he refused to answer a question from an Iowa resident about how his Catholic faith relates to his abortion position.

The former New York City mayor has been dogged by questions about abortion and pro-life Catholics have said he is out of step with the Church because he thinks abortions ought to be legal.

At a town meeting in Iowa Tuesday, someone asked Giuliani whether he considered himself a "traditional, practicing Roman Catholic."

The audience member also asked him to comment on what role his faith did or didn’t play in his formulating his policy in favor of abortions.

According to an AP report, Giuliani said whether he was a true Catholic was a personal matter and declined to answer other questions on religion and abortion.

"My religious affiliation, my religious practices and the degree to which I am a good or not so good Catholic, I prefer to leave to the priests," Giuliani said, according to the AP report.

"That would be a much better way to discuss it. That’s a personal discussion and they have a much better sense of how good a Catholic I am or how bad a Catholic I am," he added.

The answer wasn’t good enough for Thomas Fritzsche of Davenport, the person who asked the mayor about his stance.

"Of course he didn’t answer my question," Fritzsche told AP.