Sunday, October 02, 2005

Vatican to consider formal Sacramental ban to politicians who take stands contrary to Church teaching

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According to an article on, the Vatican will consider banning liberal politicians, mainly gay-friendly politicians, from receiving the Sacraments of the Church if the help to enact laws which are contrary to the teachings of the Church. Some of those who would be included in such a ban include the Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome and many other American marriage equality supporters. Catholic bishops will meet in their first synod led by Pope Benedict XVI starting today; the ban is one of the possible outcomes. According to the article:
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin called the proposal "unfortunate". "I am a practicing Catholic, in fact I am a strong Catholic,'' Martin told a Vancouver news conference following meetings with visiting Mexican President Vicente Fox. "But I am also a legislator and I believe in the separation of church and state.'' Martin said his responsibility as prime minister was to uphold Canadians' rights as defined by the courts and to take the widest possible perspective into account. "I believe in the Charter of Rights and I do not believe the prime minister of the country can cherry-pick those rights,'' he said. "Have I discussed (this) with senior churchmen, with bishops? The answer is yes, I have. But as far as any further comment, I'm a legislator and that's public and I will comment on my public position. As a Catholic, that's my faith and I'll keep that to myself.'' Martin's Liberal government passed same-sex marriage legislation in July after courts in several provinces ruled the existing federal marriage law was unconstitutional. Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist government in Spain legalized same-sex marriage only days earlier. The ban on the sacraments is supported by bishops from Spain and Canada as well as a number from the US. The proposal reportedly has the endorsement of Pope Benedict. Before becoming Pope, Benedict had long history of attacking same-sex unions. As Cardinal Ratzinger he was the Vatican's most outspoken opponent of gay marriage. Ratzinger was the author of the a 2003 Vatican directive to priests around the world calling for a proactive stand to stop governments from legalizing same-sex marriage and for a repeal of those those already on the books that give rights, including adoption, to gay couples. The 12 page document called on Catholic bishops and lawmakers to oppose the legalization of same-sex unions. He opposes contraception and the use of condoms to combat HIV/AIDS, advocates a diminished role for women in the Church and has called for mandatory celibacy for priests. In 1999 he ordered two Americans, Sister Jeannine Gramick and Father Robert Nugent, to end their associated with New Ways Ministry which provides educational programs for gay and lesbian Catholics nationwide.
===== From the ban on gay priests (see previous blog post "Pope Benedict XVI signs document banning gay seminarians") to the ban on gay-friendly politicians, the Church is definitely attacking the LGBTQA community. The Church has even started up a new inquisition (see previous blog post "The Church's 21st Century Inquisition") sending investigators around to all of the American seminaries asking just one simple question with great consequnces: "Are you, or have you ever been, a homosexual?" JESUS SAID LIVE IN LOVE... WHY CAN THE CHURCH NOT UNDERSTAND THIS AFTER 2000 YEARS??!! There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. ~Galations 3:28 (NRSV, emphasis added)


Actually, the New Inquisition is quite comprehensive, and covers quite a bit more ground than just gay priests. But you're right that this is certainly the central issue.
posted by Blogger Nate at 10/02/2005 09:46:00 PM  
What other issues is the New Inquisition covering? I haven't heard about the others.