The pope is not coming to the Tea Party

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The American right endeavors from time to time to portray the sitting pope as a supporter of its agenda. The slight of hand involved goes something like this. The pope opposes abortion and gay marriage. Republicans oppose abortion and gay marriage.Therefore the pope is a Republican.


Like any magic trick, this one depends on diversion. Hence, John Paul II’s opposition to the war in Iraq was obscured by American theocons who wanted to claim him as an across-the-board ally.

As David Gibson points out, Benedict XVI supports universal health care. How inconvenient for the Tea Party. How inconvenient for the increasingly right wing U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

As newly empowered Republicans prepare a congressional agenda topped by a promise to repeal health care reform, Pope Benedict XVI has strongly reiterated Catholic teaching that universal health care is an “inalienable right” that must be guaranteed by every nation and society.

“It is necessary to work with greater commitment at all levels so that the right to health is rendered effective, favoring access to primary health care,” Benedict said in a message on Thursday to the 25th annual conference of the Vatican office that promotes health care ministry.

“Health justice should be among the priorities of governments and international institutions,” he added.

The pope said that establishing this goal requires “a true distributive justice that guarantees to all, on the basis of objective needs, adequate care,” and, “The social doctrine of the Church has always evidenced the importance of distributive justice and of social justice in the different sectors of human relations.”

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John B. Chilton
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John B. Chilton

JC Fisher - Very interesting. I'd not heard that. I wonder if it's widely know?

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tgflux

John Chilton,

Let's not forget that without the strong opposition to gay rights by blacks (who are nearly all democrats), California would be a gay marriage state.

has been debunked:

Reports of overwhelming African American support for Proposition 8's ban on same-sex marriage were exaggerated in exit polls, a new look at the November election results has found. "Party identification, age, religiosity and political view had much bigger effects than race, gender or having gay and lesbian family and friends," said Patrick Egan of New York University, who wrote the report with Kenneth Sherrill of Hunter College of New York for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

In other words, ConEvs (and Popoids) are anti-gay bigots, equally, whether black or white.

JC Fisher

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John B. Chilton
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1. A goodly number of Tea Partiers oppose the war/s. It's easy to conflate TP-ers and mainstream Republicans and cherry pick what one might regard as the least desirable positions from each and say they apply to all.

2. Let's not forget that without the strong opposition to gay rights by blacks (who are nearly all democrats), California would be a gay marriage state.

2. The US Catholic bishops got what they wanted, which was the appearance that the health care bill did not fund abortions. I have next to no doubt that this pope agreed with their position -- that funding for abortion was a reason to defeat a health care bill even if it realized universal care in the US. In other words, universal health care is not an absolute for this pope. Producing more Catholics is. How else can you reconcile that universal health care does more for the sanctity of life than denying women access to safe, affordable abortions?

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Somebody needs to rat out the USCCB (and their agitprop talking-heads at EWTN)---who emphatically ARE Republicans!---to the Vatican then.

JC Fisher

I also note there's been a increase of conversions to the Popoid Church among prominent Republicans (in and out of office*) at JUST this time when the Vatican 2 "preferential option for the poor" has become so marginalized.

[* See re Sen. Brownback, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (along w/ his THIRD wife---acquired adulterously, as was Wife #2!) and the late Neocon Godfather Robert Novak.]

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Malcolm French+
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Yet somehow I doubt any Americann bishop is going to threaten to deny communion to any right wing American politician who opposes health care reform.

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