April 19, 2005
New pope intervened against Kerry in US 2004 election campaignTopics: Faith
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."
Posted by Hyscience at April 19, 2005 10:34 PM
It is very good news to hear that Cardinal Josef Ratzinger is now Pope Benedict. He is a perfect choice to rein in the liberals and to remind Catholics that the Church is not a vehicle for modern relativism.
Posted by: Maggie4life at April 20, 2005 4:16 AM
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