The wingnuts are trying to get a Catholic majority on the Supreme Court. The Republican-Catholic relationship is a marriage of convenience, a ploy for votes. Traditionally the Republican base is anti-Catholic.
For a good example of the anti-Catholic feelings of the fundamentalists, look at the language of Bush’s buddy Bob Jones. From Catholic.com,
Not long after Pope Paul VI died in 1978, Bob Jones, chancellor of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, wrote an ill-tempered article in his school’s magazine, Faith for the Family (not to be confused with Dr. James Dobson’s magazine, Focus on the Family). The article was republished by the Fundamentalist organization Mission to Catholics, International (run by an ex-Carmelite priest-turned-Fundamentalist minister) as a tract entitled The Church of Rome in Perspective.
No effort is made to be conciliatory, as the first line demonstrates: “Pope Paul VI, archpriest of Satan, a deceiver and an anti-Christ, has, like Judas, gone to his own place.” It goes downhill from there.
John F Kennedy encountered strong anti-Catholic bias from the Republicans and had to address Southern Baptist leaders in September, 1960, to assure them that he would not “take orders from the Pope.” But before the 2004 election Bush asked the Pope for exactly that – he asked the Pope to order American Bishops to set aside Catholic views on war, torture, corruption, materialism and debt and campaign against Kerry because Kerry said he wouldn’t follow the orders of the Church on abortion when in office. And he got his wish.
Well, the election is over, and it looks as though the alliance may be as well. I wonder if this will affect the Alito nomination, when the wingnuts start to understand what getting what they wished for could mean. As I noted above, Catholics oppose war, torture, corruption, materialism and debt — also known as the Republican Party Platform.
Evolution in the bible, says Vatican – The Other Side – Breaking News 24/7 – NEWS.com.au
THE Vatican has issued a stout defence of Charles Darwin, voicing strong criticism of Christian fundamentalists who reject his theory of evolution and interpret the biblical account of creation literally.
Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said the Genesis description of how God created the universe and Darwin’s theory of evolution were “perfectly compatible” if the Bible were read correctly.
His statement was a clear attack on creationist campaigners in the US, who see evolution and the Genesis account as mutually exclusive.
“The fundamentalists want to give a scientific meaning to words that had no scientific aim,” he said at a Vatican press conference. He said the real message in Genesis was that “the universe didn’t make itself and had a creator”.