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Vatican: gay-positive politicians could be refused sacraments

Papa Ratzi by Blender Sean in Dallas.

So, does this mean all Catholic pro-choice politicians are going to be turned away as well? Boy, I think Ratzi wants the American Catholics to break off at this rate, with the yanking of gay-positive priests from the pulpit and the seminary purges it’s almost a double-dare to do so. (

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero who legalized same-sex marriage in their countries, and about a dozen American politicians who support gay marriage – including San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom who issued marriage licenses last year to same-sex couples – could be refused the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church under a proposal being considered by the Vatican.

Catholic bishops meeting in Vatican City at the first synod led by newly anointed Pope Benedict XVI are expected to consider refusing communion to politicians who pass laws that violate church doctrine.

The synod gets underway today. Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin called the proposal “unfortunate”. “I am a practicing Catholic, in fact I am a strong Catholic,” Martin told a Vancouver news conference following meetings with visiting Mexican President Vicente Fox. “But I am also a legislator and I believe in the separation of church and state.”

…Martin’s Liberal government passed same-sex marriage legislation in July after courts in several provinces ruled the existing federal marriage law was unconstitutional. Rodriguez Zapatero’s Socialist government in Spain legalized same-sex marriage only days earlier.

The ban on the sacraments is supported by bishops from Spain and Canada as well as a number from the US. The proposal reportedly has the endorsement of Pope Benedict.

Before becoming Pope, Benedict had long history of attacking same-sex unions. As Cardinal Ratzinger he was the Vatican’s most outspoken opponent of gay marriage.

Hat tip, Ms. Julien.

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