Unholy Hold-up [Kathryn Jean Lopez]Is K-Lo seriously suggesting the Pope gets to influence American law-making? WTF? What about the separation of church and state?
Senate sources tell me Barbara Boxer is the holdup on the Casey-supported resolution because of life language. Give it up. It's the pope. He said God bless America.
Or let's have this fight, Boxer. You really want to oppose the pope? Any Dems want to come out on record supporting her?
Awwwww, K-Lo......don't be bitter
Christopher HitchensPlease note the Pope couched his apology to "the Church in the United States."
My Response to Benedict
Tuesday, Pope Benedict said he is "deeply ashamed" of the scandal and assured Catholics that seminaries will not tolerate pedophiles. "It is a great suffering for the Church in the United States, for the Church in general and for me personally that this could happen," Benedict told reporters. "If I read the stories of these victims, it is difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betrayed in this way their mission to give healing, to give love of God to these children."
In his response, the Pontiff has utterly mis-stated the nature of the clerical pedophilia scandal. The scandal is not the presence of pedophiles in the church, but the institutionalization of child-rape by the knowing protection and even promotion (by non-pedophiles) of those who are guilty of it. The most grievous offender in this respect is Cardinal Bernard Law, currently an honored figure at the Vatican. This expression of contempt for the victims makes the Pope himself a direct accomplice in the very atrocity that he affects to denounce.
My eurofriends call this "the American problem." They say this is due to "the American culture of litigation". My friends say that pedophile priests are still very common, especially in Italy, where they are simply moved on to another parish.
And that only in America do the pedophile priests get caught and exposed.
John McCain wasn't there.
Hmm...praps Pastor John Hagee's endorsement put the Pope off.
But McCain hasn't been baptized yet!
Maybe Benedict can do that while he's on tour here. As an antidote to the ever toxic Hagee Effect on the catholic voting block.
Benedict is a bad shepherd, just like like John Paul.
Both of them always cared more for the shepherds than for the sheep.