Skip to comments.Heinz squeezes blame from pope (Teresa)
Posted on 04/23/2005 11:48:35 AM PDT by bitt
Were it not for the man now known as Pope Benedict XVI, Teresa Heinz might already have installed new drapes and carpeting in the White House. Or so she seems to believe.
Based on remarks Heinz made recently at a Seattle money-raiser, the Pittsburgh ketchup heiress -- a practicing Catholic -- appears to have little fondness for the new pontiff.
You can almost understand why. He did, if you buy her argument, indirectly help keep her husband, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., from becoming president last year.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported last month that Heinz blamed Kerry's inability to unseat President Bush on anything and everything but Kerry himself.
She implied votes might have been improperly tabulated because most optical scanning devices used to count votes in many parts of the country are owned by two "hard-right" Republicans.
She also suggested the Kerry campaign was brought down in part by Catholic bishops who assailed the candidate's pro-choice view on abortion.
"You cannot have bishops in the pulpit -- long before or the Sunday before the election, as they did in Catholic churches -- saying it was a mortal sin to vote for John Kerry," she said. "The church has a right and obligation to teach values. They don't have a right to restrict freedom of expression, which they did."
I assume the Post-Intelligencer's Joel Connelly did his best to accurately quote her. No reporter wants to have to ask Heinz to clarify her remarks immediately after she finishes speaking.
We've heard it can be dangerous.
Last summer, American bishops received a letter from the Vatican advising that Catholics who condone abortion are committing "a grave sin."
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If Laura Bush had this woman's personality, it would be front-page fodder on all of the liberal papers. She would be portrayed as some right-wing psychopath. Since it's Teresa, well.....
Thank GOD she is not our First Lady!
Funny, I thought that respecting the lives of the innoncent was a value. I fail to see how anyone's freedom of expression was restricted. The Good Lord knows that no one can get her to shut up.
We don't cotton to that racist talk around here. After all , she IS an African-American.
Why do people listen to this woman? What has she ever accomplished, achieved or overcome in her life that demands we pay her any attention at all? Shes a drunken fool who was left a ton of money by her late husband. Big deal.
If I want to listen to the ramblings of some over the hill booze hound of a broad I'd go hang out in some flea bag bar room.
Waiting for her to explain why it was okay for her husband to use the pulpits of black churches to make political speeches.
What defeated Kerry was his exposure as a phoney in just about every way. Surely Teresa knows that about him by now. Maybe they compliment each other. They are both good at blaming others for their failings.
||Every time this woman opens her pie hole, I gotta post this picture.|
You'd think she'd learn...
Nonsense, as if such instructions were aimed personally at Jean-François.
And yet, Theraaayyza...you would restrict their freedom of expression and their freedom of religion?
My dear Mzzz. Heinz, you are a dangerous lunatic. Get back on your meds and STFU.
But she has a right to restrict the Church's freedom of expression?!!!!
The woman is absolutely flippin' delusional.
Who's listening---I'm in it for the laughs?
So Kerry is "against abortion" but his voters are "for abortion." He SHOULD make his stand against it. That is the honorable thing to do. This goes for Lieberman too, as he should take his religious beliefs (Orthodox Judaism) to the Senate. This goes for ALL politicians of all faiths.
Just imagine if you substituted the word "abortion" for "slavery." It's NOT the issue, it's the absolutes of TRUTH. To do anything less is absolute hypocrisy.
As Benedict XVI said -- Truth is not determined by a majority vote.
Like trying to convince your wife, and yourself, that the wallet-sucking hunk of metal in the driveway really isn't a "lemon", when you know, deep down, that it is.
If this is true, we have much to thank the pope for already. He helped save 300 million people.
And not only did the Pope NOT serve in Vietnam, he also has NO Purple Hearts.
And you know what, don't be afraid to express your opinion on your truck! you'd be surprised how many people agree with you. the ones that don't, if you're a FReeper, are probably quite the minority. And if not, all the more reason to speak up.
The Public Square is where the change begins, bud -- the marketplace of ideas. Be tasteful and respectful, but be bold and true. And funny. Like that graphic.
And if lunies can "come out," how much more the normal folk?
Who's John Kerry?
Excellent observation. She reminds me somewhat of a drunk dominatrix I once knew.
Teresa, since you're new to this country, let me try to explain how our Constitution and Bill of Rights work.
People have freedom of speech. That means they can say what they want. The fact they are members of a religious organization does not deny them of that right.
For example, the REVEREND Jesse Jackson has the right to be highly critical of George Bush. The REVEREND Al Sharpton can even run for President. And oh yes, this also applies to people who belong to the Catholic Church. They're allowed to express their opinions too.
Tomorrow: the Second Amendment.
John Kerry-Heinz is driving his gas-electric hybrid Ford now I assume - waiting period is only 1-2 months for a Toyota Prius hybrid - but the $10,000 over list price is more than Kerry-Heinz can afford I guess.
That I can understand.
It just drives me nuts the way the press comes running to listen to this woman as if she is some wise yogi dispensing life lessons.
If some blood shot broad at the local ' sip and spew ' were calling a press conference I'd expect no one to notice or care.
That was exactly the line that smacked me in the forehead. Does she listen to the words coming out of her mouth?
Imagine, if it wasn't for Teresa's big mouth, "Hanoi John" might have been prez. Keep talking Terry.
this newspaper seems to be trolling for Kerry/Heinz stories to bust them on...it is a pleasure to read them.
To an extent she is probably correct.
""You cannot have bishops in the pulpit -- long before or the Sunday before the election, as they did in Catholic churches -- saying it was a mortal sin to vote for John Kerry," she said. "The church has a right and obligation to teach values. They don't have a right to restrict freedom of expression, which they did."
Does this sincerely limited woman understand that the Dogma was stated from the pulpit and the Church is not the public sphere?
Huh, exactly where are the cart and the horse?
Seems to me Kerry's loss was REALLY due to the preference of the MAJORITY of voting Americans - including the majority of Catholics AND their bishops - who just happen share the same 'culture of life' as GWB.
Looks like the gin-soaked raisens got to her.
I beg to differ.
Does this severely limited woman......
Alcohol has a way of breaking down inhibitions and loosening the tongue. Thank goodness it does - because otherwise she would not have been exposed for the phoney she is.
No. A couple of bishops said that he would not be allowed in their dioceses. But Kerry met with McCarrick (archbishop of the DC diocese and "dean" of the American cardinals), who later made a statement that was pretty much gibberish about pastoral something or other and not using Communion as a weapon. (Sorry -- I slept through it ;D)
Catholics preaching beliefs of the faith, is forbidden?
BUT--- giving "walking around money" to black "ministers" to instruct their black congregations on how to vote is okay?
The bitch is nuts...
I would love it if MSM would put a camera and mic in front of this loony imbecile every day and broadcast her stupid comments WORLDWIDE..
We've heard it can be dangerous.
Man, talk about the gift that keeps on giving! If we could only get Teresa to divorce Kerry and marry Hillary (come-out come-out, wherever you are), we'd have the '08 election in the bag. Teresa is the 800 pound boat-anchor.
Where's the little white coat with the really long sleeves?
"The Pope did it"
Now, how many folks can say that?
Hard to imagine that Jean le Kerré is planning another run for the White House.
Why wouldn't he? He probably agreed with everything Teresa said and figured he was passing on immortal words of absolute wisdom. I never could figure out why these MSM types so worshipped Teresa, and Kerry himself. I know they hated President Bush and felt they had to do anything they could to unseat him, but good grief. Kerry was such a dog of a candidate that you'd think even they would have had to hold their noses.
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