Being Abused as Cover for Violence
In response to secular news reports saying that a
recent letter of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger allows Catholics to vote for
pro-choice candidates, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life,
who was himself an Official at the Vatican, said this morning that Cardinal
Ratzinger's letter is being misquoted, and that the faith of millions of people
is being abused as a cover for violence.
"Cardinal Ratzinger explicitly states the opposite of what some are saying,
namely, that we can elect pro-abortion candidates just because we like their
other positions. Moreover, the Cardinal explicitly declares in the same letter
that other issues do not carry the same weight as abortion.
"More to the point, however, it is a classic abuse of religion that people
will invoke a religious authority to justify violence. There is no act of
violence more brutal, or claiming more victims than abortion. It kills 4000
children daily in the United States alone. Practitioners admit under oath that
they dismember and decapitate these babies. If people try to equate that with
other issues by misquoting a Vatican Cardinal, they are guilty of the most
shameless type of abuse of religion -- the same kind of abuse used to justify
burning people at the stake. Only this time, we're talking about babies."
Fr. Pavone concluded by saying that Church leaders who fail to point out the
difference in seriousness between abortion and other issues should resign their
positions, because "they obviously lack the most basic capacity for moral
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