From the TownHall Tipsheet:
Maine's moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins told CNN's Jake Tapper today that she would not be supporting a Supreme Court nominee who has "demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade" because, in her mind, that would be a justice who does not respect established precedent. (Scott v. Sanford (1857) was also established precedent. Should we not respect it as well? – TC)
I mention this not because I am in any way surprised by Sen. Collins’ position, for I am not. After all, Senator Collins (no relation) has used her tremendous wealth and power to further both abortion (where she recently voted to support post 20 week abortions) as well as so-called same-sex marriage, among many other “progressive” agenda items which increasingly conflict with Catholic moral teaching. I mention this because Senator Collins is publicly identified as Catholic in several places, including here and here.
Senator Collins’ website makes no mention of faith of any sort. Therefore, various links which name her as Catholic notwithstanding, I have no idea whether Sen. Collins is or ever was Catholic, or if she in any way publicly practices the faith. If, however, she does currently practice the Catholic faith, then many of her political positions (including her current statements on Supreme Court nominees) would seem, to my uneducated poor layman’s brain, to constitute florid scandal of the sort that Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and other high profile self-proclaimed Catholics routinely engage in.
“Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.” Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), 2284
Qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent.