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Vatican newspaper: the Church is distinct from partisan politics

February 08, 2017

In a front-page opinion piece in the February 8 edition of L’Osservatore Romano, Italian historian and journalist Lucetta Scaraffia wrote that Pope Francis has firmly upheld Catholic teaching on abortion, homosexual marriage without tying Catholic moral teaching to “partisan choices.”

“The Church’s position on the two crucial issues of our time, migrants and life, is clear and autonomous from politics,” she continued, as she recalled that Napoleon, far from an ally of the Church, favored legislation against abortion.

The Church, Scaraffia added, risks being “used, manipulated, [and] misrepresented” when she is identified with a political party. Scaraffia advised Catholics not to be “influenced by the voices that seem to know what is the right way just because it seems easier.”

 
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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Feb. 08, 2017 6:53 PM ET USA

    In America the Church effectively embraced one political party and it still can't let go, despite the other party's opposition to abortion for many years. It's as if they are saying, "Yeah, they can say they're against abortion, but they're never going to get my vote. Labor unions and "gimme" politics are more important than babies anyway."

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 08, 2017 9:40 AM ET USA

    "Scaraffia advised Catholics not to be 'influenced by the voices that seem to know what is the right way just because it seems easier.'" Good advice for Catholics who persist in identifying themselves with the political left.