I saw a number of websites gloating and declaring victory over the Pro-Murder “Catholic” politicians. Ah, but they had jumped the gun, having to eat crow as the Vatican let the air out of their celebration balloons.
How can the Vatican possibly back off of these abject criminals and cause scandal by giving the impression that there’s room for people who condone abortion in the Catholic Church.
Vatican tones down papal remarks on pro-abortion Catholic politicians
By John Thavis
Catholic News Service
SAO PAULO, Brazil (CNS) – Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on excommunication for pro-abortion Catholic politicians touched on huge and sensitive issues – so sensitive that the Vatican issued a toned-down version of his remarks the following day.
Speaking with journalists on the plane taking him to Brazil May 9, the pope left the impression that he agreed with those invoking excommunication for Catholic legislators in Mexico City who had voted in April to legalize abortion.
When reporters pressed the pope on whether he supported the excommunication of the Mexican deputies, he answered: “Yes, this excommunication was not something arbitrary, but is foreseen by the Code (of Canon Law). It is simply part of church law that the killing of an innocent baby is incompatible with being in communion with the body of Christ.”
Referring to Mexican bishops, the pope continued: “Therefore, they did not do anything new, surprising or arbitrary. They only underlined publicly what is foreseen in (canon) law, a law based on the church’s doctrine and faith, on our appreciation for life and for human individuality from the first moment.”
On May 10, the Vatican press office released the official transcript of the pope’s 25-minute session with reporters. The pope’s opening “yes” to the direct question about excommunication had disappeared, and so had the references to Mexican bishops.
The tweaked version of the pope’s remarks began: “Excommunication is not something arbitrary, but is foreseen by the Code (of Canon Law.) Therefore, it is simply part of church law that the killing of an innocent baby is incompatible with going to Communion, in which one receives the body of Christ.”
In the rest of the edited version, some of the pope’s verbs were changed to make his remarks more generic.
Asked about the changes, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, told reporters May 10 that it was routine for the Vatican Secretariat of State to review the pope’s extemporaneous remarks and clean them up a little for publication.
That the pope’s comments had potential for controversy was apparent immediately after he made them. Father Lombardi quickly circulated among reporters on the plane and told them that the pope was not announcing a new policy on Catholic politicians.
“And if the bishops haven’t excommunicated anyone, it’s not that the pope wants to do so,” Father Lombardi said.
So now we’re engaging in Orwellian revisionism where you change his comments after the fact?
Did Benedict actually approve this alteration of his words or does some hidden hand really run the Vatican?
And the link on www.spiritdaily.com to this article has the audacity to state: “What the Pope really said”. NO !!! That’s patently NOT what he really said. Perhaps you could argue – “What the Pope really meant”.
With all this empty garbage bluster (excuse my ire but it’s righteous indignation in this case) about defending the sanctity of life, they can’t even hold to their guns on abortion? They’re backing off in the face of these criminals?
Yet they bring the swift hammer of excommunication down upon Archbishop Lefebvre. No sooner had the Archbishop’s hand cast a shadow on the heads of the consecrands than the Vatican was hastily calling an emergency press conference to declare him and the consecrated bishops excommunicated – while having lifted the excommunications of pertinacious heretics and schismatics.
No doubt the upper levels of the Catholic hierarchy have been thoroughly infiltrated by enemies of Our Lord. An enemy hath clearly done this.
Is this Father Lombardi the pope’s handler now? Does he direct Benedict about what he’s supposed to think and to say? At the very least it’s bizarre.
And the pope doesn’t WANT to excommunicate these scoundrels?
If true, it tells me all I need to know.
It’s a horrible scandal that they’re frantically scampering around doing damage control out of human respect for these false Catholics and giving the impression that it’s within the realm of tolerability for someone to publicly condone and even advocate abortion.
Heck, most Protestants upon seeing this would lose all respect for the Catholic Church – and rightly so.