05 April 2005

Is the Vatican Too Involved in Politics?

I have been hearing alot of disussion lately referring to the Vatican and how they take part in American politics. Being from IL, one of the latest local news stories that I have recently come across focuses on Illinois' governor, Rod Blagojevich and his latest encounter with the Catholic Church. What I have heard from various news sources is that Governor Blagojevich had recently attended a Catholic church service in Chicago to honor the death of Pope John Paul II. While he was at the church service, a member of the Catholic church (not sure if it was a priest or another member of the clergy) asked him why he was attending a Catholic church service while he is currently supporting the dispersement of birth control among women in Illinois. I find that somewhat offensive. It reminds me of a while back when I learned that the Vatican was threatening to take away communion from Democratic leaders (or any leaders that support abortion, despite party lines) unless they changed their views and began fighting for anti-abortion or pro-life causes. Doesn't this all seem a bit ridiculous??? Fell free to share your views. Megan

7 Comments:

Blogger Plain Truth said...

Megan,

I think think it's ridiculous, yet it's also expected from the Catholic Church. In fact, during this last presidential election the Catholic Church in several major locations openly endorsed President Bush for reelection, and hinted at the idea that a vote cast for Kerry could equal damnation for Catholics. That's taking their influence way too far, but it worked. In urban and industrial cities like Cincinatti where a Democrat should win with 60%, as they did in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Chicago, etc. Bush won the vote. Why? One good explaination, Cinci has an enormous Catholic population. Religion is pretty important in politics today.

Tuesday, 05 April, 2005  
Blogger Gam1 said...

Yeah, I agree too. When you look at the last election you can see that relegion played a major role. Relegion is personal and should be seperated from politics but I guess conservative christians don't see it that way.

Tuesday, 05 April, 2005  
Blogger Megan said...

I fully agree with you both. While I do believe it is important to respect all religions, it is true that all religions must be left out of politics in order to do so. No politician can make all religious institutions happy...it is pointless to concentrate on any, especially one over the other.

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