Thursday, April 21, 2005

Dear goodness, me.

You know, I was for a while all ready to write about Bendict XVI and his Nazi past. I thought, how funny it was to come from one hegemonic power with global ambitions (as a draftee) and go to another hegemonic power with global ambitions and become its supreme ruler. I thought, how interesting that the Nazi Salute was exactly that of the Roman Centurions who had helped to build the early church.

I thought, nah, let it go.

Then I read something from the Gadflyer that made all that Nazi shit seem like what it is: ancient history.

(This was published orig. by Agence Presse France, Gadflyer picked it up from truthout.org. The whole post at the Gadflyer is worth reading but this is the meat of it.)

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."

A footnote to the letter also condemned any Catholic who votes specifically for a candidate because the candidate holds a pro-abortion position. Such a voter "would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for holy communion," the letter read.

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