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Tuesday, April 19, 2005
 
Ratzinger

I really have no problem with the Roman Catholic Church making a very conservative man their "Father". Not being Catholic, it really doesn't concern me that I personally disagree with several positions that Ratzinger has staked out, from gays to birth control. If he wants to lead the church deeper into a pre-Vatican II mode, good for him. Let the Catholic world congregation deal with it.

***BUT***

What I do have a severe issue with is the cold hard fact that Ratzinger intentionally injected himself into last year's Presidential campaign by issuing an official opinion that encouraged a few wingnut American Bishops to pronounce John Kerry unworthy of receiving communion because of his public stand to uphold the Constitution and it's determined right to an abortion.

Yes, the Cardinal blessed the very politically motivated public effort to forbid Kerry from practicing his faith because he upheld his sworn oath to the United States Constitution. (This isn't about abortion. Get it?) This whole effort was an attempt by Rome to influence the election. No ifs, ands, or buts.

If you question my "biased" version of events, try looking at what the hardcore politically active Catholics thought of it. Indeed, they knew exactly why Ratzinger's letter was written... to give cover on a political issue.

I, for one, do not like foreign leaders, and that is what Vatican officials including the Pope are, meddling in our elections.

UPDATE: I see the wire services have figured this out too. Where was this story last week?

Oh, and there's the fact that Ratzinger has been whitewashing the American church's sexual abuse scandal. Shielding sexual predators from American justice is something I can object to as well.
 
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