Martyrdom for a line?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Aug 02, 2003

That eminent theologian, Sen. John Kerry, has announced that the Pope "crossed the line" with the new Vatican document on same-sex marriage.

Now you might be wondering what line the Pope crossed. Sen. Kerry is ready with an answer, citing the highest possible authority: "President Kennedy drew that line very clearly in 1960 and I believe that we need to stand up for that line today."

The Vatican cites the Bible, and calls upon Christians to defend marriage and human life. Kerry cites a Kennedy campaign speech, and calls upon Christians to defend... a line.

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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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