Providing a moment of comic-relief from the ongoing travesty of John Kerry, The Binghamton, NY Press and Sun-Bulletin publishes a letter by a reader attempting to weave a conspiracy behind Cardinal Arinze's statement last month that "unambiguously pro-abortion" Catholic politicians should be denied communion:
When Jack Kennedy ran for president in 1960, there were open questions on whether as a Catholic president, he would be beholden to the Vatican. . . . A cardinal in Rome recently said any elected official who challenges the church's stand on abortion should be denied the sacraments. Why now? Could the answer be Vice President Dick Cheney?
Last year, Cheney, while not a Catholic, paid a visit to Rome for an audience with the pope. Since that trip, the war in Iraq heated to a fever pitch, while the Vatican's opposition to the conflict has been put on the back burner.
Did Cheney meet with the Curia to provide assurances that Supreme Court appointments in the second Bush term would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade? In return, were any assurances given of political support over the abortion issue and a dampening of criticism over the war?
Any further pursuit of the campaign to question Kerry's standing as a Catholic should be with a demand that Cheney explain his visit to Rome.
I can just see this rumor making its rounds through the ranks of the left-wing fringe, and it's sad to see a newspaper damage its credibility by publishing such speculations.
As Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments -- which, incidentally, concerns itself not only with the proper celebration of the liturgy but the objective conditions under which the Eucharist may be received -- I would imagine that Cardinal Arinze is qualified to venture his opinion on the matter, even without the bidding of our Vice President.
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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.