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Time's Kerry goof

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Mar 30, 2004

Time magazine has a major profile on John Kerry's Catholicism in a recent issue, in which he tries to emulate his idol John F. Kennedy by saying his putative faith won't encumber his ability to vote for abortion and other problematic issues. He also throws the gauntlet down to Archbishop Burke of St. Louis. Burke told him that he shouldn't present himself for Communion in the archdiocese and Kerry says that when he's there, that's not stopping him.

Interestingly, Time also throws out a big whopper of an error,almost laughable in its attempt to portray him as a good Catholic despite his record:

He is enough of a stickler for Catholic rules to have sought an annulment of his 18-year first marriage before marrying again.
Kerry may have sought an annulment, but he didn't receive one. He can't be that much of a stickler.

In 1988, Kerry divorced his previous wife, Julia Thorne, mother of his two children. In 1994, he applied for an annulment in the Archdiocese of Washington, and in 1995 he married Teresa Heinz. But Thorne had challenged the annulment petition and it never went to completion. I guess it's like Kerry saying he voted for the bill funding the troops in Iraq before he voted against it.

On the Don Imus Radio Show in 1997, Kerry showed how important all this is to him:

"Seventy-five percent of all the annulments in the world take place in the United States, and I guess the figure drops to 50 percent if you take out all Massachusetts politicians," Kerry said after being dragged into a discussion by radio talk show host Don Imus. ... "It's one of those special Catholic things. It's like confession or feeling guilty about things you haven't even thought of doing," said Kerry, a 53-year-old Democrat.
Kerry apparently knows that Americans want their presidents to be religious men, at least in form. And Massachusetts Catholic politicians know that it's important to have the appearance of being at least nominally Catholic. But will the game he's playing translate him to national office?

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 1:26 PM ET USA

    Only a completely mindless amoral wimp would assert that Kerry is a Catholic, that he knows what is meant by "morality," that he is not an EXTREME public sinner, that an adulterer in the White House is a good idea. Kerry obviously asserts his "right" to make up his own religion and his own code of morality, that he has the "right" to commit mortal sacrilege. So he is no Catholic, but a dedicated and noisy slave of Satan. Anyone who votes for him is clearly an apostate. Hell's fire is forever !

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Mar. 31, 2004 9:03 AM ET USA

    Yes, excommunication is an "act of mercy" and is the last ditch effort to prevent a person from choosing the path to hell. What are the Shepherds thinking about.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 6:45 AM ET USA

    "...whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep." (1 Corinthians 11, 27-29)

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 5:25 AM ET USA

    What does Kerry have to do to be excommunicated? In America in 2004 about the only thing he could do to be excommunicated is to have himself consecrated a "traditional" bishop. Seriously, the Catholic liberals who have allied themselves with the Democratic party despite its official support for abortion should ALL be excommunicated. That especially includes the faithless clergy of whatever rank that these losers refer to in order to justify their unsupportable political opinions.

  • Posted by: Gertrude - Mar. 31, 2004 12:04 AM ET USA

    So wouldn't it be better to vote for the candidate who forthrightly says he is a heathen and would never let religious views get in his way, than a charlatan, wannabe Catholic?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 30, 2004 10:14 PM ET USA

    I stand by what Dietrich Von Hildebrand said "excommunication is an act of mercy". Sinning Catholics wound the entire Church by their sins; why is this political sham being tolerated?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2004 8:06 PM ET USA

    Kerry,Kennedy,Daschle,Leahy etal "Catholic????"Politicians have sold their souls for votes. I don't pray for them, I pray for those who vote and elect them because they are just as culpable and no one other than Arch Bishop Burke's telling them that.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2004 5:42 PM ET USA

    "Divorce is a grave offense against the natural law… the remarried spouse is then in a situation of public and permanent adultery." (CCC, 2384) "It is not the role of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political organization of social life. This task is part of the vocation of the lay faithful… It should ALWAYS BE in conformity with the teaching of the Church." (CCC, 2442) Far from being a "stickler for Catholic rules," John Kerry is a Catholic scofflaw.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 30, 2004 5:25 PM ET USA

    I'm no Canon Lawyer, but short of opening fire on St Patrick's Cathedral with a 50 mm machine gun, what, exactly, does John Kerry have to do to get excommunicated these days?

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Mar. 30, 2004 4:38 PM ET USA

    This is horrible. The game he is playing could damn him to hell if he doesn't repent; and what's more horrible if he is elected, he could bring some sort of chastisement down upon our country because of all his crazy statements making one think that he believes God isn't paying attention to what is going on here in America or the World.

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