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To: Petronski; topher

OK, I got a question then: does the Holy Father in Rome ever endorse US Presidential candidates? Which one would he be likely to endorse this time around?


6 posted on 06/29/2008 3:33:31 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
The short answer is that the Holy Father would only say something after the person is elected -- as the Holy Father spoke out against Adolf Hitler. At least, that is clear from the recent History of the Church.

However, Pope Benedict XVI, when he was Cardinal Ratzinger in 2004, did not endorse a candidate, but tried to specify what circumstances one could support someone who is for abortion.

Basically, it would take an opposing candidate that would be urging the loss of more lives than those of abortion (a greater evil) to allow someone to support the abortion candidate.

Since there are over 40 million abortions in the United States since 1973, it would take something like a candidate advocating a nuclear war or a conventional war with 50 to 100 million deaths from such a war.

What Cardinal Ratzinger did during 2004 election campaign was to write a letter to the Cardinal of Washington, DC -- explaining how only something more evil could allow one to vote for someone who was a pro-abortion candidate. The letter was to Cardinal McCarrick (who has since retired).

The media misinterpreted the letter to mean that it was okay to support John Kerry. But that was the typical twisting of the truth by the media.

Sorry for the long winded answer...

8 posted on 06/29/2008 3:42:14 AM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
OK, I got a question then: does the Holy Father in Rome ever endorse US Presidential candidates?

No.

Which one would he be likely to endorse this time around?

I do not know if Benedict XVI would endorse McCain, but he most certainly would not endorse the candidate who killed the "Born Alive" legislation in the Illinois state legistlature, the one who clings to abortion-on-demand without remorse.

9 posted on 06/29/2008 5:09:07 AM PDT by Petronski (Scripture & Tradition must be accepted & honored w/equal sentiments of devotion & reverence. CCC 82)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
One interesting passage from the Bible/Gospel is Matthew 18:4-7.

Basically, in this passage Jesus is speaking. Jesus states that it is better for a person to kill themself than to cause SCANDAL (the corruption of innocents).

Matt 18:4-7

4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.

6 But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

7 "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!

(NIV)


20 posted on 10/27/2008 9:54:24 PM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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