I was raised catholic although I think as little of Catholicism as I do of Judaism or Protestantism, or of that matter any other religion.
Nevertheless it is every persons right to be deluded and wrong (yes yes yes including me!), just as long as the "faith" that they have mysteriously come to conclude is the correct one does not infringe on others who do not happen to share their certainty and rapture.
That said, Kerry's response to the Archbishop of St-Louis demonstrates monumental arrogance. Just as he understands better than Bush or just about anyone else about what is right for the country, he is also obviously all-knowing about what the church's rights are to dictate the tenets of Catholicism.
"Ban me from communion- F you cardinal and F anybody in the church who would try to stop me from practicing Catholicism, or at least what I say Catholicism is, or at least what it should be according to what I say it should be." If the church had any guts at all it would excommunicate this jerk.
To: US admirer
I went to a Catholic school for 8 years. When I got a divorce at age 22, I never felt accepted in the Catholic religion again. It is what the Church teaches... just as it taught no birth control and, certainly, no abortion. As bad as that hurt me and all the anger I have against "The Church," I abide by accepting the consequences of my decisions.
The article inferred that is the CHURCH that has the problem, not Kerry. The Church -- as God and Jesus -- are not the ones that must 'change' in these matters. Catholic politicians have to make their choice. As long as they claim the separation of church and state bit and say that they must represent all constituents, they are none the less not living fully by their individual moral compass. They are correct in stating that the Church cannot dictate to them how to legislate, but they have no substance by not living their faith in everyday actions.
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