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New Pope intervened for Bush in 2004 election

This isn't a story you are likely to get off the U.S. corporate media.

According to Agence France Presse (April 19, 2005) --

"German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican theologian who was elected Pope Benedict XVI, intervened in the 2004 US election campaign ordering bishops to deny communion to abortion rights supporters including presidential candidate John Kerry."

Maybe this new pope was a Nazi, or was it only for a while in a brief period of youthful indiscretion? Whatever, he definitely is still a supporter of fascism!

It isn't as though the RC Church wants to outlaw abortion but allow birth control contraceptives! No!

So, bombing babies is okay, but avoiding babies who are going to be bombed -- that's a sin. And voting for anybody who would tend toward such opinions -- that too is a sin!

Why not go ahead and say it -- if ordinary people think for themselves, that's a sin!
WASHINGTON (Agence France Presse, April 19, 2005) - German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican theologian who was elected Pope Benedict XVI, intervened in the 2004 US election campaign ordering bishops to deny communion to abortion rights supporters including presidential candidate John Kerry.

In a June 2004 letter to US bishops enunciating principles of worthiness for communion recipients, Ratzinger specified that strong and open supporters of abortion should be denied the Catholic sacrament, for being guilty of a "grave sin."

He specifically mentioned "the case of a Catholic politician consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws," a reference widely understood to mean Democratic candidate Kerry, a Catholic who has defended abortion rights.

The letter said a priest confronted with such a person seeking communion "must refuse to distribute it."

A footnote to the letter also condemned any Catholic who votes specifically for a candidate because the candidate holds a pro-abortion position. Such a voter "would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for holy communion," the letter read.

The letter, which was revealed in the Italian magazine L'Espresso last year, was reportedly only sent to US Catholic bishops, who discussed it in their convocation in Denver, Colorado, in mid-June.

Sharply divided on the issue, the bishops decided to leave the decision on granting or denying communion to the individual priest. Kerry later received communion several times from sympathetic priests.

Nevertheless, in the November election, a majority of Catholic voters, who traditionally supported Democratic Party candidates, shifted their votes to Republican and eventual winner George W. Bush.

 http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1521&e=3&u=/afp/20050419/pl_afp/vaticanpopeus
question 20.Apr.2005 08:40

Y

did he do it on his own or did somebody twist his arm?