So I guess getting an opinion about politicians and abortions FROM THE POPE HIMSELF doesn’t count?
Catholic Dems protest Pope’s abortion comments
Updated 5/15/2007 10:27 PM | Comment | Recommend E-mail | Print |
By Daniel Burke, Relgion News Service
WASHINGTON A group of 18 Catholic House Democrats publicly disputed Pope Benedict XVI’s recent condemnation of politicians who support abortion rights, saying that “such notions offend the very nature of the American experiment.”
On his flight to Brazil last Wednesday (May 9), Benedict said Catholic politicians in Mexico City who recently voted to legalize abortion could consider themselves excommunicated from the church. The Vatican later said the pope was merely restating church policy, which calls for Catholics who participate in abortions to exclude themselves from taking Holy Communion.
That statement however is not a judicial action by the Pope.
One of the things that extremely difficult for most Catholics to understand is that their legal system is not like political legal systems.
Its origin is theological. It is therefore interpreted and applied in a way that differs from civil legal codes.