Saturday’s front page story in The Globe and Mail on Pope Benedict’s condemnation of Canada’s Catholic elected politicians for supporting same sex marriage and not legislating against abortion (we are one of the few western countries that has no law governing abortion) provoked a spate of letters in Monday’s paper. There were eight in all, all of them disagreeing with the Pope. (I am sure somebody from Opus Dei will enter the field on Tuesday). One writer said a small non elected band of male celibates in Rome should not be telling Canadian politcians how to vote. Another said Catholics do nor form their conscience by blindly following the Pope.
My own letter had the virtue of being the shortest: “Pope Benedict has a perfect right to condemn same-sex marriage and abortion. His condemation of Catholic politicians who support these policies is more problematic.
After all, our politicians swear to uphold the Constitution of Canada not the catechism of the Catholic Church.”
Sadly, most of the time we hear anything from Rome it is another condemation of something or other.