Friday, April 22, 2005

Blame It On Benedict

Observers of Teresa Heinz will not soon forget the infamous "shove it" exchange with a Trib reporter last Summer. Columnist Eric Heyl, a colleague of Teresa's nemesis Colin McNickle, qualifies a Seattle reporter's story on the African Queen thusly:

I assume the Post-Intelligencer's Joel Connelly did his best to accurately quote her. No reporter wants to have to ask Heinz to clarify her remarks immediately after she finishes speaking.

We've heard it can be dangerous.

Indeed. Connelly quoted Teresa as saying that Roman Catholic bishops "don't have a right to restrict freedom of expression, which they did." She was referring to the church's criticism of pro-abortion Catholic politicians, like John Kerry, just before the 2004 general election. She is as full of horse manure as she is of botox. The clergy can tell parishioners that they should not vote for pro-abort pols, but that does not mean that the parishioners are going to go into the voting booth and do what their priest told them to do. Trust me on this -- I'm from Pittsburgh, where there is almost no difference between being Catholic and being a Democrat. (That seems to be changing, however, mostly due to "culture of life" issues, but that's a topic for another day.) Being a Democrat is more important to a lot of these people than being a pro-life Catholic. Some people might have been guided by the priests' pro-life admonitions, but for Teresa Heinz to suggest that her husband lost because the church restricted its followers' freedom of expression by implicitly telling people not to vote for him is idiotic. Is she saying that she is the only practicing Catholic who can think and act on her own?

Eric Heyl at the Trib traces the source of Teresa's anger all the way to the top:

Last summer, American bishops received a letter from the Vatican advising that Catholics who condone abortion are committing "a grave sin."

Kerry wasn't named, but the communique stated that communion -- the body of Christ, Catholics believe -- should be denied "in the case of a Catholic politician consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion laws."

The letter was written by the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. At the time, that was a fellow named Ratzinger -- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, named Tuesday by the College of Cardinals to succeed the late Pope John Paul II.

Aha! NOW we are getting somewhere! It's all the Pope's fault! Now we just need to wait and see if Teresa Heinz reveals whether Pope Benedict XVI is the mastermind behind the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, or whether he is just a tool of the VRWC. Thank you, Eric Heyl. Joel Connelly in Seattle didn't bother to find out why American bishops became more outspoken than usual on politicians' abortion views. He was more concerned with statements made by "a few ultraconservative prelates", which sounds like a moonbat description of any and all Catholic bishops who are actually loyal to the Pope and the teachings of the church. (For more evidence of Connelly as "moonbat", please see references in his article to "nasty questions by a columnist with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a paper owned by right-wing mogul Richard Mellon Scaife", "the Republican attack machine", "dirty tricks", "the concentrated incoming fire she received from the right flank", and a few other excerpts from the leftist lexicon.)

Teresa does not seem to understand the nature of her own religion. Adherents are expected to follow a strict moral code that governs how they conduct their lives in obedience to the traditions of the Roman Catholic church. If she can not abide by the church's teachings, she may want to consider a less rigid faith, preferably one that does not revolve around adoration of Saint Teresa of Mozambique.

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