A faithful Catholic would reads the Boston Globe faithfully would scarcely confuse it with L'Osservatore Romano. Nevertheless the mere fact that it deigned to report on Sen. John Kerry's recent receipt of "communion" at a Protestant church has earned the ire of Sheila Lennon, a columnist for the Providence Journal, yet another fish wrapper that shares the dominant media's bias against the Catholic faith.
"Separation of church and state mandates a leader with a conscience, not a religious agenda," Sheila huffs on the paper's blog, chanting a separatist mantra that is as alien to the Constitution as it is to centuries of Christian civilization.
We are of many religions and spritual notions in America, and we have, in the past, largely come eventually to our senses when one group's beliefs were thrust upon the nation. (Prohibition and divorce come first to mind.) We ask other religions in the world to learn to tolerate each other.
Ah, divorce, the destroyer of family life now used to rationalize the even greater abomination of same-sex "marriage." An apt poster child, indeed, for a tolerance that tolerates everything but truth. But Sheila is not in a particularly tolerant mood:
But here is the Boston Globe reciting John Kerry's alleged sins. The Catholic faith promotes examination of conscience, not promotion of the Vatican hierarchy's policies. An American politician should not be an agent of any religious agenda.
Particularly, no doubt, an agenda that embraces the defense of the God-given right to life of our nation's most defenseless citizens, a fundamental duty of any government worthy of the name and--not that it matters--one enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. But wait, Sheila is just getting started:
Cardinal O'Malley's jabs at Kerry will be felt by every parishioner who has ever thought birth control might be a blessing, abortion may sometimes be necessary, a married priesthood would attract more good men, women might be priests, and politeness demands we participate when we find ourselves at services of other faiths.
Oh, I see, Kerry was probably just attending a funeral service for a non-Catholic friend that day and didn't want to offend anyone by not receiving "communion." After all, better to offend God than man. How many absentee votes does He cast any way? And I was cynical enough to imagine that Kerry was simply trolling for another photo op.
"They should be resented by everyone who values freedom of conscience," Sheila concludes, but what offends this writer is such patent twaddle being palmed off as serious analysis.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.