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Editor of Vatican newspaper says ‘Obama is not pro-abortion’
CNA ^ | May 20, 2009

Posted on 05/20/2009 8:29:45 PM PDT by Alex Murphy

Rome, Italy, May 20, 2009 / 06:24 pm (CNA).- The Editor-in-chief of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano explained today to Paulo Rodari, a Vatican analyst for the daily “Il Riformista,” that President Barack Obama’s speech to graduates of Notre Dame was very respectful and that he “is not a pro-abortion president.”

In the interview with Rodari, Editor-in-chief Gian Maria Vian discussed his thoughts on President Obama at the University of Notre Dame. “Obama has not upset the world,” he said. “His speech at Notre Dame has been respectful toward every position. He tried to engage the debate stepping out from every ideological position and outside every ‘confrontational mentality.’ To this extent his speech is to be appreciated.”

Vian continued, “Let me be clear, L’Osservatore stands where the American bishops are: we consider abortion a disaster. We must promote, always and at every level a ‘culture of life’.”

“What I want to stress is that yesterday, on this precise and very delicate issue, the President said that the approval of the new law on abortion is not a priority of his administration. The fact that he said that is very reassuring to me. It also underlines my own clear belief: Obama is not a pro-abortion president,” he told Rodari.

Continuing the interview, Rodari stressed that L' Osservatore Romano ran two different stories on the same issue, one positive about Obama's speech at Notre Dame, the other extremely critical about his embryonic stem cell research position which quoted the concerns of the USCCB.

Vian answered: “This is our policy, the way we inform. If a national bishops’ conference says something, we report it.” However, she continued, it is “appropriate to present other perspectives” to the readers so they can accurately judge "international information.”

According to Rodari, "the words of Vian are important. Because they speak about a confrontation between Obama and the Catholic Church which for now seems to be limited mainly among part of the American episcopate. A confrontation that the Holy See neither approves nor disapproves. Simply observes."


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Vian continued, “Let me be clear, L’Osservatore stands where the American bishops are: we consider abortion a disaster. We must promote, always and at every level a ‘culture of life’”....

....Vian answered: “This is our policy, the way we inform. If a national bishops’ conference says something, we report it.” However, she continued, it is “appropriate to present other perspectives” to the readers so they can accurately judge "international information.”

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1 posted on 05/20/2009 8:29:45 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy
..“is not a pro-abortion president.”

So, what would he do differently if he where a pro-abortion candidate?

2 posted on 05/20/2009 8:32:58 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Alex Murphy

What... he prefers infanticide?


3 posted on 05/20/2009 8:33:52 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Alex Murphy

Is this the tactics of the suck up? The Catholic Church had better tread carefully. Black hole ahead.


4 posted on 05/20/2009 8:34:25 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The Obama Administration is a blueprint for Fabian Socialism.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Somewhat gullible, isn’t he?


5 posted on 05/20/2009 8:34:34 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Alex Murphy
It is truly frightening: he absolutely
mesmerizes some people. It is cult-like.
6 posted on 05/20/2009 8:34:51 PM PDT by Bainbridge
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To: Alex Murphy

Did they instead focus on the fact he is pro-infanticide?


7 posted on 05/20/2009 8:35:01 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Obama is so pro-abortion that he doesn't even want to give those who survive one a chance.
8 posted on 05/20/2009 8:37:53 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Alex Murphy

Disgraceful! The Catholic Church is in deep trouble.


9 posted on 05/20/2009 8:41:11 PM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: Alex Murphy

What an idiot. How about that embryo stem cell research executive order, who did that come from?


10 posted on 05/20/2009 8:41:53 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Alex Murphy

Prove it and elect a pro-life Supreme Court Justice,


11 posted on 05/20/2009 8:41:59 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Alex Murphy
The debate is over.

Abortion is MURDER!

12 posted on 05/20/2009 8:51:34 PM PDT by mckenzie7 (TOTUS = PONZI)
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To: All
Maybe Obama really is the anti-christ after all.

Yeesh

13 posted on 05/20/2009 8:52:57 PM PDT by Uhaul (Time to water the tree of liberty...)
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To: Bainbridge

I can’t believe I am going to post this...but my first thought...’what a suck up move to get Barry to visit the Vatican.’

Maybe, instead of selling out their Catholic values...they can invite a real rock star...lets say Ozzie Osbourne instead. At least the OzMan opennly admits he is the Prince of Darkness...


14 posted on 05/20/2009 9:01:43 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (M. Thatcher, "The trouble with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: LZ_Bayonet
Disgraceful! The Catholic Church is in deep trouble.

The Catholic Church is in no trouble at all and they know it

The same people who looked away from the millions in church funds that were given as a result of pedophile priests will continue to contribute to a church that refuses to take action against pro abortion members like Kennedy and Pelosi.
When Catholics refuse to contribute to the church because of its hypocritical stance... well I guess will never find out will we.

15 posted on 05/20/2009 9:06:42 PM PDT by The Brush
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To: The Brush
"When Catholics refuse to contribute to the church because of its hypocritical stance."

I think that is happening and will get worse. They are and will be in the same "throw our principles overboard" boat as RINO's. Eventually it will probably get so weak and decentralized that the individual parishes (instead of just the Catholic Universities ;-) will make policy.

16 posted on 05/20/2009 9:16:50 PM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: Alex Murphy
he “is not a pro-abortion president.”

“His speech at Notre Dame has been respectful toward every position. He tried to engage the debate stepping out from every ideological position and outside every ‘confrontational mentality.’ To this extent his speech is to be appreciated.”

It sounds like Vian didn't just drink the Obama Kool Aid, he got his head stuck in the pitcher trying to get the last few drops.

17 posted on 05/20/2009 9:20:06 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king.)
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To: LZ_Bayonet
Disgraceful! The Catholic Church is in deep trouble.

The Vatican didn't elect Obozo, America did. I'd say we're in much deeper trouble.

18 posted on 05/20/2009 9:42:39 PM PDT by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed Imposter")
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To: The Brush
You're proposing that Catholics stop contributing to the church because (a) our perverse justice system punishes the innocent for the crimes of the guilty; and (b) the editor of the Vatican newspaper is foolish and/or evil?

Do you apply the same standards to your income taxes? I ask because (a) the United States government is now in the business of aiding and abetting the murder of children, not merely their sexual abuse -- and is in fact proud of it; and (b) if you want to talk foolish and/or evil, let's just take a look at Congress.

19 posted on 05/20/2009 9:47:13 PM PDT by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed Imposter")
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To: Alex Murphy

Considering the other gaffes coming from the editorial board of this paper I say a thorough house cleaning are in order.


20 posted on 05/20/2009 10:39:30 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: fatima

maybe he will qualify for pro-abortion when the SOTUS nominee is announced this week. Judge Woods anyone?


21 posted on 05/20/2009 10:41:13 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT
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To: Alex Murphy
Obama fought harder than anyone to prevent consequences for doctors who "terminated" those viable fetuses that somehow got out of the womb alive during abortion procedures.

(Usually a partial-birth abortion procedure and the baby slipped all the way out before the doctor could get to the bruesome parts of the procedure, in case you were wondering how the baby can "somehow" escape the womb.)

22 posted on 05/20/2009 10:45:46 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: campaignPete R-CT

I hope it’s the one whose on the board at Notre Dame. That way we’ll get the whole corrupt ND board of trustee’s on the map. They need to be outed.


23 posted on 05/20/2009 10:48:36 PM PDT by chase19
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To: chase19

Ann Claire Williams

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24 posted on 05/20/2009 10:53:31 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Vian is new to this position ... maybe he needs a new job.


25 posted on 05/20/2009 10:54:57 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT
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To: Alex Murphy

Good grief, that idiot should be replaced forthwith.


26 posted on 05/21/2009 8:46:35 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Campion
I'm proposing that Catholics stop contributing to the church due of the hypocrisy of the church leadership.
If you're Catholic you're aware of it. Comparing contributions to the Catholic church to paying taxes assumes church and state operate under the same moral code.
Remember that it was the government that had to step in to put an end to the Church's "situation" with priests who were using their own congregates for their sexual pleasures. The Catholic Church chose to look away.
27 posted on 05/22/2009 4:44:16 AM PDT by The Brush
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To: The Brush

1) The Church leadership (diocesan, national and papal) gets about 10% from the regular parochial collection. The rest goes to the parish.

2) If your parish doesn’t collect enough, it will close. If all good Catholics — those who seek out the best parishes — stop tithing, the best parishes will close while the worst ones will remain standing.

3) Religious orders do not, I believe, tithe up, except to the rest of their congregation. There are plenty (at least hundreds) of faithful religious orders/groups worldwide, like Priests for Life, the Fraternity of St. Peter, the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT).


28 posted on 05/22/2009 6:58:23 AM PDT by cmj328 (Filibuster FOCA or lose reelection)
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To: Alex Murphy
The Editor-in-chief of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano explained today to Paulo Rodari, a Vatican analyst for the daily “Il Riformista,” that President Barack Obama’s speech to graduates of Notre Dame was very respectful and that he “is not a pro-abortion president.”

Sounds like something a DEMOCRAT would say.

29 posted on 05/22/2009 7:01:33 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: mnehring
Bingo!
30 posted on 05/22/2009 7:02:51 AM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (REALLY & TRULY updated!).)
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To: Alex Murphy

What is this guy smoking? This is a disaster. If there weren’t already enough Catholics voting Democrat, now they’ve just had reinforced in their tiny little brains that Democrats are pro-life and it’s ok to vote for them.


31 posted on 05/22/2009 7:05:04 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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