As we reported (a fancy term when it just means I slammed something out in Blogger, really) a while ago, a Bishop with a supremely American name made a wonderful statement about Obama at ND and the various issues surrounding honoring a "homicidal" (his words, not mine - but only because he got there first) man who supports abortion at a soi dissant Catholic university.
Long link there, I know.
Anyway, some Liberal chap called Dionne wrote an op-ed piece at the Washington Post which was picked by the Sioux City Journal. This article basically said (and, please, read it rather than trusting my assessment, I don't mind) "Ha! In your face, Conservatives! The Pope likes Obama because L'Osservatore Romano says Obama is a-okay!"
Ooooo-kay. Where to begin?
Well, I would begin - but I am called Simon Rafe, which is perhaps about an un-American name as one can get and still be allowed in this fine country (p.s. it is pronounced Ray-f not Ra-fey and it is Old English, not Middle Eastern). Hence, my comments lack the "mom, flag and apple pie" quality I desire to provide here.
Enter like a red-white-and-blue bolt of lightning Bishop R. Walter Nickless of Sioux City!
Yes, Bishop Nickless writes a rebuttal to this poorly researched article where he makes it very clear the words of L'Osservatore Romano are NOT official Church teaching (any more than the op-ed pieces of the Washington Post of NY Times are official policies of the White House - although they usually are . . .) and cannot be treated as such.
An important article I think we should all read, as the matter of L'Osservatore's foolish article is not going to go away. We all need to know how to respond to this.
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