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God only knows

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jun 01, 2007

When AP surveyed the leading US presidential candidates about their religious practices, the most interesting response came from Rudy Giuliani's campaign:

"The mayor's personal relationship with God is private and between him and God."

Let's see: personal... private... between him and God. Yes, I think we get the picture; he doesn't want to talk about it.

Which is odd, because presidential candidates aren't known for keeping silent on any topic. Ask Rudy Giuliani what he thinks about global warming or the value of the yen or Nascar racing or oxycontin or the prospects for sustainable nuclear fusion, and you'll get a detailed answer. But on the topic of religion he's silent.

Well, St. Therese of Lisieux didn't want to tell the world about her own interior life; her spiritual director had to prod her to write. Maybe Rudy is... Well, maybe not.

Still it's odd, because AP didn't pry for details. The survey only asked each candidate to identify his religious affiliation and say how often he went to church. It wasn't as if the reporters were asking to hear each candidate's confession.

Then again, if you're a Catholic who never goes to church, I suppose answering the attendance question would be a bit like going to confession, wouldn't it?

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 07, 2007 9:34 AM ET USA

    Who is Rudy Giuliani's bishop??? What has he said about the mayor and his relationship with the Church? I don't believe Mr. Giuliani lives in Hartford, Connecticut (does he?) ... so why do we have to hear the appropriate criticism of the mayor from some bishop who doesn't even have jursidiction over him??? The worst thing about Mr. Giuliani, the thing that disqualifies him from office, is his profound hypocrisy. He obviously has no intention of being Catholic, yet continues to wear the name.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2007 3:33 PM ET USA

    Couldn't Rudy have answered: I was a Catholic, but I don't practice that religion anymore? If one does not acept the teaching of a religion. he can not claim membership unless a reconcilation takes place.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2007 12:41 PM ET USA

    Rudy’s a disgrace to his religious and cultural heritage--he makes Kerry, Pelosi and the rest of the American political CINOs look saintly. No conscientious Catholic should vote for him. Sad to say, but it seems that the non-Chrisitan Romney is more Catholic than the rest of these bums.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2007 12:33 PM ET USA

    It said there were seven Catholics, but it looks like only two of the seven (possibly three) comprehend the weekly Mass obligation--and why do I have a feeling that Kucinich and Giuliani have similar Mass attendance records. Of course, that does make it easier to avoid being denied Communion, doesn't it?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2007 10:29 AM ET USA

    It would be interesting to send a response to the Catholic parishes where these abortion providers "attend mass" and ask why they are receiving the sacrament of communion.

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