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How the Vatican influences and supports the Bush Administration

by : Solve et Coagula
Saturday April 8, 2006 - 00:45
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The Vatican Connection: How the Roman Catholic Church Influences the Republican Party.

John M Swomley on how, in the 1996 elections Robert Dole’s endorsement of the Catholic political agenda, along with a similar endorsement by the Republican Party platform, made the Republican Party in effect a religious or sectarian party, how the Catholic bishops took action to aid the Republican Party and how Henry Hyde, in turn, according to the National Catholic Reporter, invited Catholics to help him develop the party’s 1996 platform.

“The Vatican wants to extend its authority over civil law, not only in countries with Catholic majorities but in others with religiously diverse populations. The Catholic bishops have decided to try to impose papal authority in the United States through the abortion issue.” From: CHISTIAN ETHICS TODAY, APIRL 1997

The Vatican Connection: How the Roman Catholic Church Influences the Republican Party By John M Swomley

It was the Vatican’s program that dominated the Republican Party platform and presidential campaign in 1996, although Ralph Reed and the Christian coalition claimed the credit.

After winning the Republican primaries, candidate Robert Dole made a major speech to the Catholic Press Association’s annual convention in Philadelphia on May 23, in which he endorsed “school choice,” which involves the funding of parochial schools through tuition tax vouchers. He also attacked President Clinton’s late term or “partial birth” abortion veto and, in the context of abortion, said, “Though not a Catholic, I would listen to Pope John Paul II.”

The word “listen” in Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, is defined as “give heed, take advice.”

Immediately following that speech, Dole had a 20-minute meeting with Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua of Philadelphia. On June 25, Dole had an hour-long private meeting with Cardinal John O’Connor of New York City in which they discussed Dole’s commitment to the papal position on abortion (and presumably family planning) as well as his strategy to persuade moderate pro-choice Republicans to accept an anti-abortion platform. ‘When a reporter asked O’Connor if he was comfortable with Dole’s efforts to seek tolerance for pro-choice Republicans, the cardinal endorsed Dole’s plan by saying, “I cannot imagine that Senator Dole will deviate from his commitment on abortion.” He also said, “I think that Senator Dole has a wonderfully pro-life record and I doubt very much that that’s going to change in any significant way.” Although Dole did not request a joint photo, the cardinal posed with Dole for a picture for the New York Times which appeared the next day on the front page as an obvious endorsement.

On July 18, Dole spoke to a Catholic audience at Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee where, according to the New York Times, he emphasized his proposal for “vouchers paying $1,000 a year in tuition for pupils in grades one through eight and $1,500 a year for high school students. States that had adopted voucher programs would apply for federal assistance” and the “federal government would provide $2.5 billion a year to be matched” by the state.

Bob Dole chose Rep. Henry Hyde as head of the Republican platform committee. Hyde is generally regarded as the Catholic bishops’ spokesperson in Congress. Hyde, in turn, according to the National Catholic Reporter, invited Catholics to help him develop the party’s 1996 platform. In an open letter to Catholics, he wrote: “Catholics are a powerful voice for moral authority and fulfill a growing leadership role in the Republican Party,” noting that “there are nine U.S. senators, 55 members of the House, and nine governors who are both Republican and Catholic.” His letter also said, “As a Catholic, I believe the basic principles of Catholic teaching are philosophically and morally aligned with those of the Republican Party.”

The Catholic Political Agenda However, although Dole’s endorsement of the Catholic political agenda, along with a similar endorsement by the Republican Party platform, made the Republican Party in effect a religious or sectarian party, it is even more significant that the Catholic bishops took action to aid the Republican Party. The president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland, departed from custom to tell the 250 bishops that, although they should not engage in partisan politics, they could address political issues that might be closer to the views of one party. Then, after a “stinging attack on President Clinton’s veto of a measure that banned a type of late-term abortion,” the bishops, according to the June 24 New York Times, “unanimously endorsed [Dole’s] appeal to Congress to overturn the veto.”

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> How the Vatican influences and supports the Bush Administration
Saturday April 8 - 01:17 - Posted by d13b61c0a73d9110...

It is rather humorous most of these people are pro-life and pro-war. Although the previous Pope, John Paul II, was against the Iraq war, the entire Catholic church, minus a few renegades, really didn’t say much against the war or Bush’s policies. I am Catholic, but not practicing, and I am disgusted at the silence of the church regarding the illegal and immoral war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It reminds me of WWII when the church had little to say about the Third Reich. If life is so sacred then war is wrong and to not speak out against it is equivalent to supporting it. This proves that only Christian life is sacred to these people and it also clearly demonstrates that the true teachings of Jesus Christ are not followed by the church or its followers. Jesus said to turn the cheek, not to viciously attack. Bush is no Christian and neither is any supporter of war. The only time violence is OK is when protecting ones own life or the lives of loved ones from a clear and present danger-not an imagined one.




> How the Vatican influences and supports the Bush Administration
Monday April 10 - 14:15 - Posted by 8690fda0342a8461...

Well, Pope John Paul II WAS against the war in Iraq and he was always against force being used by America against Iraq - even in the very first Gulf war over Kuwait.

Maybe George Bush is being used for a ’higher’ purpose (however horrible it is what he has done) and that this will herald the return of Jesus Christ to earth in the resurrection for which all Christians should be looking forward to.

COME LORD JESUS!

Regards,

Louise



> How the Vatican influences and supports the Bush Administration
Saturday April 8 - 01:45 - Posted by 90db07c7b680bd90...

What drives the Vatican into this sympathy for the devil? Very easy? The mutual agreement with governments, fear, opression and misinformation keeps both in power.
Didn’t Jesus state in the bible: ...give the government what belongs to the government and give God what belongs to God.
Simple minded people think the government is a kind of God’s will.

Ten commentments? Those where not obeyed by the catholic church, when they killed and robbed whole cultures in South America.




> How the Vatican influences and supports the Bush Administration
Saturday April 8 - 12:52 - Posted by b9e287dfc53e79dd...

YES ! FORGET THE LIKUDNIK NEO-CONS, FORGET THE EVANGELIC PROTESTANT WHO RULES THE STATES AND ACCUSE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH , THE ONLY GREAT WESTERN INSTITUTION CONDEMNING THE WAR IN IRAK , THE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST , THE SAVAGE CAPITALISM .

THIS HATE AGAINST CATHOLIC CHURCH IS EXACTLY THE HATE OF THE NEO-CONS. IT WILL BE SO BENEFICIAL FOR THE NEO-CONS MASTERS TO WEAKEN OR ABOLISH EVERYONE WHO RESIST TO THE NEW WORLD ORDER : MUSLIMS , CATHOLICS



> How the Vatican influences and supports the Bush Administration
Saturday April 8 - 13:23 - Posted by 47278f8e63f94f51...

Religion is an emotional crutch for the lost and irrational.

Bloody brilliant money spinner, a pacifier of human development, whose ’’spirituality’’is tapped into by the rich ruling elite to justify their murderous sprees.



> How the Vatican influences and supports the Bush Administration
Sunday April 9 - 03:44 - Posted by 66ab6577d4a743b2...

The lost and irrational are lost and irrational BECAUSE of their lack of spirituality, the Catholic church is the Babylon of Revelations and giving unto Caeser what Caeser is due does not mean you have to be a sheeple.



> How the Vatican influences and supports the Bush Administration
Sunday April 9 - 08:46 - Posted by 47278f8e63f94f51...

Based on mumbo jumbo texts, and ’’sacred’’ artifacts and rituals that would make Freemasons blush at their absurdity.

None of it substantiated by a shred of credible evidence.



> How the Vatican influences and supports the Bush Administration
Tuesday April 11 - 21:27 - Posted by f4a0ea2a7f6b21cf...

You guys have got to wake up.







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