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I first saw the headline over this story I thought it might be another example of unfounded Kerry-bashing. Really, there are abundant legitimate reasons to find the man completely unfit for high office - why stretch the claim for feeble attacks? But on reading the first few paragraphs I realized the authors had a strong case for another example of "the man for all seasons".
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry made a stop at a Catholic church during his Idaho vacation Sunday to attend Mass, loudly arriving 11 minutes late and wearing a ski suit.
According to a report in the American Spectator, a senior staff member in the Kerry Campaign said, "It was just a media-op. We set it up with some reporters that we knew were going to be there."
The Democrat also received Holy Communion during Mass at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, despite the fact he is not a Catholic in good standing, reported LifeSiteNews.com.
Kerry has been roundly criticized for his support of legal abortion while promoting himself as a Catholic. The Massachusetts senator has been praised by the group NARAL Pro-Choice America as having a 100 percent pro-abortion voting record.
Expect hypothetical "President Kerry" to one-up the Clintons at every opportunity. One day "abortion rights" advocates will likely make a case for biblical support for a "woman's right to choose". (That would be revisionist history far exceeding what's being suggested by the "Clinton was tough on terror" crowd.) The schism that follows will produce a church more theologically acceptable to Senator Kerry.
Update: Mike (in comments - thanks Mike) points out that Kerry was able to make it back to DC just in time to cast a vote. And indeed he did, a vote against H.R. 1997 (Laci and Conner's Law) "A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice to protect unborn children from assault and murder, and for other purposes".
Senator Kerry must have hurried back so fast that the holy water on his hands could scarce have had time to dry. We must assume he took time to change out of his ski suit, or at least to have brushed the crumbs of the communion wafer onto the Senate floor. We can only guess, because although an incredible amount of media coverage has been given to the trial of Laci's husband (and Connor's father) there has been little if any major media mention of this part of Kerry's week. But given that a roll call appearance by Kerry is an exceptionally rare event one can grant the pool reporters some slack; they may not have recognized the gentleman from Massachusetts.
Reporters were able to catch up with the speedy candidate later in the evening as he joined with numerous other nay voters, two former presidents, and he who almost was in a celebration of hope for the future.
A good time was had by all.
Update: More here. Thoughtful and dead-on-balls accurate. (It's an industry term...)
"Forgive me fadda, for I have sinnned. By the way, how much time ya got?"Posted by Dan Searles at March 25, 2004 09:21 PM
How well I remember the Clintons and Gores in the cathedral, golf clapping (or staring at the stained glass) throughout the eulogy.
And a throwback to a joke you told here a while back: "Compared to Kerry, those guys are Saints!"Posted by Gunther at March 25, 2004 09:41 PM
"Don't you know who I am!?"Posted by John F. Kerry at March 25, 2004 09:54 PM
Sorry, I had to do that.
Democrats are really a one-issue party: abortion. Kerry actually made it back to the Senate today to vote against a bill limiting abortion-on-demand. The only vote he's made since his campaign began.Posted by Mike at March 25, 2004 09:56 PM
This is nothing new for the Democrats... I remember waaaayyyy back in the mists of time. My mother watching the Kennedy's in church (he might've been catholic, but my parents still couldn't stand him - and he's tame by today's standards). Anyhow, one of the Kennedy women, who was divorced, received communion - my mother was livid. All she could talk about was how the Kennedy's could just do anything even violate church rules... Kerry is just continuing the tradition of the ones he admires most.Posted by Teresa at March 26, 2004 03:35 AM
I wonder if Kerry's base will be alienated by his appearance in a church, or will they accept it as a "necessary evil" of the campaign trail?
I am certainly not a Kerry supporter, but I do not think that making false claims about him is wise. The story you quoted says "The Democrat also received Holy Communion during Mass at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, despite the fact he is not a Catholic in good standing, reported LifeSiteNews.com."
To be a "Catholic in good standing" is a very specific thing, meaning essentially that one is entitled to take Communion. In practice, for most Catholics, to be "not a Catholic in good standing" would mean that you have not gone to confession in a while (and have something to confess).
I searched the LifeSiteNews.com site, and did not find any reference to a "fact" that John Kerry is not in good standing. There are several mentions of Archbishops who said they would not give him Communion because of his stand on abortion and other issues, but that is specific to those Archbishops and those dioceses. While I might agree with them that he is not a good Catholic, that is not the same as "not a Catholic in good standing."
In a Time article located at http://www.time.com/time/election2004/article/0,18471,605436,00.html, I found this quote:
"He is enough of a stickler for Catholic rules to have sought an annulment of his 18-year first marriage before marrying again."
Again, I'm not too thrilled with the notion that you can annul an 18-year marriage, but somebody gave him that annulment, so that is a moot point. If he is really a stickler for Catholic rules, I find it unlikely that he would have neglected going to confession or doing any other minor thing that would not leave him in good standing to receive communion.
I think this is an important point, especially in the context of your post. Coming to mass in a ski suit is obnoxious, but not really that big a deal especially in a resort town. My mother lives in Branson, MO, and the priests and congregation would most assuredly rather have you show up for Mass than stay away because you are not dressed right. Coming late is certainly obnoxious, having a superficial motive (a photo-op) is obnoxious, but only obnoxious.
Taking communion when you are not "in good standing" is much more than obnoxious. If it were true, that would be considered by most Catholics to be a serious infraction, and would definitely hurt Kerry in terms of the Catholic vote. So, if it's true, it's important, but if it's not true, it should be so noted in your post.
Thanks.Posted by Teri at March 29, 2004 02:36 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(7) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)