For all its (many, many) faults, and its rather repugnant views on sexuality and fertility, the Catholic church's teachings on socio-political matters have been pretty liberal. There's always been a huge progressive wing. But this obsession with women's wombs over Iraq bombs and the electric chair sickens and enrages me and always has.
One Republican priest says:
"One can't hold public office and say it's O.K. to kill some of the public.".
Um, okay. So two-month old foetuses are members of the public, and death-row prisoners aren't? Fuck off.
But it is impossible to know how many bishops share this view, and there is resistance from a sizable wing of the church that argues that voting solely on abortion slights Catholic teaching on a range of other issues, including war, poverty, the environment and immigration.
Damn right. And here's Kerry himself:
In the presidential debate on Friday, Mr. Kerry discussed his religious beliefs. "I was an altar boy," he said. "But I can't take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn't share that article of faith, whether they be agnostic, atheist, Jew, Protestant, whatever."
That's the central principle of the separation of church and state. Who would have thought it would be a big issue - or even an issue at all - in 2004? Come on, lefty/liberal Catholics of America! I know you exist (I'm related to some of you)! Stand up to these horrible conservatives who think it's okay to vote for someone who's against gay marriage but in favour of executing minors!