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Cardinal Pell raps Catholic politicians who defy Church teaching

January 03, 2011

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, took aim at Catholic politicians who defy Church teachings during an interview with the Herald Sun.

The cardinal said he found it "incongruous for somebody to be a 'Captain Catholic' one minute, saying they're as good a Catholic as the Pope, then regularly voting against the established Christian traditions." He challenged politicians who cite the "primacy of conscience" to defend their political views, noting that no one defended apartheid laws by claiming the same "primacy of conscience."

"If a person says, 'Look, I'm not a Christian, I've a different set of perspectives,'" Cardinal Pell said, "I disagree but I understand." However he said that he could not understand those who claim to be Christians but compile a public record suggesting otherwise.


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  • Posted by: doceo4186 - Jan. 03, 2011 6:40 PM ET USA

    Would Cardinal Pell please go and speak to the bishop of Albany????