From TPM this morning - excerpts from the NYT on Bush's recent Vatican trip, these words below, however, are Josh's:
I guess on one level we can say we've come a long way since 1960 when John F. Kennedy had to foreswear that he'd follow the instructions of the Pope in his decisions of governance. Today we have a Protestant born-again who tries to enlist the Pope to intervene in an American election.
You could say that, yeah.
The exchange in question:
"Citing an unnamed Vatican official, Mr. Allen wrote: "Bush said, 'Not all the American bishops are with me' on the cultural issues. The implication was that he hoped the Vatican would nudge them toward more explicit activism."
Hey now - Mr. Bush - you aren't Catholic and though you were "sent by God" to do your job, I'd like to request we hold down the blatant establishment of religion by an American President, okay?
I happen to be Catholic - and in terms of the law, I am pro-choice. In almost absolute terms I am for gay marriage (which all true conservatives should be for as well since it furthers the establishment of stable institutions which foster community, the state, blah blah blah). I also remember the part in CCD classes (Catholics know that acronym) where we learned that God gets to judge, not us. Yes Catholics do have to go to confession, and yes there are requirements for accepting communion. However, this kind of inter-faith (and intra-faith) abuse of process is deeply unsettling.