When a brave man steps up to the plate with truth on his side, the rest of us need to back him up. Los Angeles canon lawyer Marc Balestrieri is now well-known as the person who instituted a canon law action against Kerry for his "pro-choice" heresy. Recently, an unofficial communication sent at the direction of the Vatican confirmed that Balestrieri's contentions against Kerry are indeed correct.
But, in their customarily cautious manner, some Vatican officials are now emphasizing that this unofficial communication is not definitive. Canon lawyer Peter Vere gives an insightful analysis of the situation by noting that the Vatican works with a "two steps forward, one step backward" mentality. That mentality may be necessary and may even be prudent and responsible. To some of us on the ground here in the United States, that mentality may be a bit frustrating and lacking in needed urgency. Either way, as Peter Vere notes, Marc Balestrieri of DeFide.com has moved the ball down the field. He has brought long and scandalously ignored matters to a head. For that, we owe him our continued thanks and support.
Therefore, I am happy to reiterate and extend my earlier pledge to help Mr. Balestrieri. Any author royalties from purchases made, in the remaining months of 2004, of the Catholic Analysis book, Unpopular Catholic Truths will go to support the work of Mr. Balestrieri as described in DeFide.com.
Whether by words or by treasure, I urge readers of this site to encourage the efforts of this singularly courageous canon lawyer from Los Angeles. He decided to take a stand instead of remaining a spectator. We apparently have many canon lawyers willing to remain spectators. I'll put my money on the one who decided to be different.
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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.