That was the pronouncement of L. Brent Bozell III on Sean Hannity's radio show yesterday.
"..he's a devout Catholic, he's not a John Kerry Catholic, he's a devout Catholic."
So now the Republican Party has declared itself the arbiter of the worship of Catholics and who is and isn't within the bounds of the Catechism??
These people are truly getting out there.
Rick Santorum, who I'm sure Bozell would also classify as a "devout Catholic", has recently come under fire for blaming the pedophilia scandal, that has plagued the Church in all parts of the country, on Boston "liberalism". This has been in addition to his comment comparing homosexuality to man on dog sex and his most recent mindbenders, that a woman controlling her own reproductive health is equivalent to a slaveowner owning a slave; but the state has the right to legislate the use of birth control. Further, should a woman choose to have a child and send her child to public school, she ought to consider, according to Santorum, that this is an "aberration" and it will be amazing if her child turns out normal "considering the weird socialization they get in public schools."
Now I can't say that the other Catholics on the Supreme Court; Kennedy, Scalia and Thomas, or even Roberts himself; would agree with either Santorum or Bozell. It certainly isn't within my Catholic upbringing to make such condemning proclamations; one can never know the soul of another. Perhaps the justices were reared in the same manner, so I wouldn't want to put these crazy ideas on any of them, or even Roberts himself.
But if they think these statements are ludicrous, then they need to find the opportunities to say so. The "devoutness" of any Catholic is between that Catholic, his priest and his God. It has always been that way. I don't believe Pope Benedict has consulted with L. Brent Bozell to change it.
The National Catholic Reporter has called Santorum preposterous and wrong. Catholics For Faithful Citizenship have called on Santorum to apologize to "the good Catholics of Boston whom he has offended." I would encourage them to chastise L. Brent Bozell as well. It is one thing to disagree on matters of faith and politics, it is another for partisan hacks to judge the validity of anyone's religion.