“In a memorandum, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has said it is not necessarily sinful for Catholics to vote for politicians who support abortion, as long as they are voting for that candidate for other reasons.He was lahying out the principles under which bishops or other ministers may deny Communion to Catholic politicians who consistently promote legal abortion.Catholic News Service reports that Cardinal Ratzinger, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sent the six-point memorandum to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, who heads an episcopal task force on Catholic politicians. It was designed to offer guidance to the US bishops when they discussed the Communion/abortion issue at their mid-June meeting near Denver.” (link)
To me the big story is this: this story is three months old. Why hasn’t everyone heard it?
Granted, the media are worthless, and granted, I’m not on the Catholic net, but I’ve heard all about the miscellaneous bishops who are pressuring Catholics to vote Bush, and I’ve also heard about Bush’s cheeky request for the Pope to campaign for him. Somehow or another, the Kerry campaign needs to get the word out.
Good take by Father Andrew Greeley (Aug. 10):
“I can think of only one way that bishops might earn a hearing for their teaching. While insisting on their convictions, they should refrain from questioning the integrity and good faith of those who disagree.
Then they should become beacons of light on all issues concerning human life, the rights of women and the rights of the poor and the oppressed.”