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A preview of Thursday's news

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 29, 2003

This much we know: On Thursday the Vatican will release its document arguing against legal recognition of homosexual unions.

This much we can safely predict: Prominent Catholic politicians will immediately reject the Vatican's arguments. (In fact Sen. John Kerry has already announced that he doesn't plan to pay attention to Church teaching.)

Coincidentally, in Boston the Thursday newspapers will doubtless carry front-page photos from the installation of Archbishop O'Malley. Those pictures will show-- seated in the front pews, held up to all the world as pillars of the Catholic community-- a collection of those same prominent Catholic politicians who will be rejecting the Vatican statement.

To be sure, there will be many other Catholics around Boston who welcome the Vatican document. But they won't be seated in the front rows at the archbishop's installation-- if they're invited to the ceremony at all.

What's the message being sent here?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2003 8:42 PM ET USA

    When will so-called Catholic politicians stop rejecting Catholic teachings or stop referring to themselves as "Catholic"?

  • Posted by: Psalms - Jul. 29, 2003 6:53 PM ET USA

    So many of our politicians want the "Catholic" religion attached to their biography to get the "Catholic" vote. They are afraid to say that they are no longer Catholic. When our local ones in Illinois mouth off in this way I usually remember the words - "if you are neither hot nor cold I will vomit you out." They need our prayers to get a back bone or get out of the Church to one they can live in without lying through their teeth.