Catholic politicians at odds with church on Syria

By Francis X. Rocca

As U.S. bishops join Pope Francis in calling for a non-violent resolution to the war in Syria, the nation’s top Catholic politicians have gone the opposite way.

Secretary of State John Kerry has emerged as the administration’s principal advocate for strikes against the Assad regime. Vice President Joe Biden has made the case for Assad’s guilt in the chemical attack that President Obama says would justify armed intervention. And yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also lent their support to a military solution.