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Friday, July 02, 2004
Some hypocrises: Kerry is a heretic! and "Love thy Enemies is *so* 33 AD"
Let's burn him at the stake! A Catholic attorney has accused John Kerry -- an abortion-rights supporter -- of yes, heresy. This attorney has claimed that Kerry has brought "most serious scandal to the American public" by receiving Communion despite his support of a woman's right to choose. Some thoughts:
1. Heresy is a charge usually reserved to church officials, not to politicians. Don't we have separation of church and state in this country?
2. "The most serious scandal to the American public"? What about Bush and his cronies leading our nation into an unjustified war? I mean, if we're going to be accusing politicians of heresy, let's take a look at our priorities. The Vatican *IS* opposed to the war.
3. Perhaps the Catholic Church should be less tolerant of its own priests who molest children than politicians who support womens' rights to choose. It doesn't support a zero-tolerance policy for priests who emotionally and sexually abuse kids. The Vatican Pontifical Academy for Life put out a report in February stating that it wouldn't do good to have a zero-tolerance policy. It seems these "experts" have some interesting logic behind their policies:
"The experts said a zero-tolerance policy was mistaken and even dangerous. Most agreed that such a policy can actually increase the chances that offenders might strike again because it removes them from supervision and the only jobs they have known for decades."
Hmm...I won't even comment on that one...
And lastly -- my new favorite blog Fafblog has an entry entitled "Love thy enemy is *so* 33 AD". Yes, I know...the Focus on the Family email to its members telling them what Michael Moore's home address is, is sooooo last week. But hey, I started writing this post last week, and didn't get back to it until today.
I have to end this with a big disclaimer -- I don't claim to know the first thing about the Catholic faith, so if anyone can provide clarity on the above issues, I'm all ears. But at first look, things sound mighty hypocritical.
posted by Anjali Taneja | 7/02/2004 01:02:00 PM | |
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