Monday, September 13, 2004
"Cardinal Ratzinger explicitly states the opposite of what some are saying," said Father Pavone. Press reports falsely suggested that the cardinal's letter said Catholics may vote for pro-abortion candidates because their other positions are favorable. Pavone pointed out that the cardinal explicitly declares in the same letter that other issues do not carry the same weight as abortion.
Pavone concluded, "It is a classic abuse of religion that people will invoke a religious authority to justify violence. There is no act of violence more brutal, or claiming more victims than abortion. It kills 4,000 children daily in the United States alone. Practitioners admit under oath that they dismember and decapitate these babies. If people try to equate that with other issues by misquoting a Vatican Cardinal, they are guilty of the most shameless type of abuse of religion -- the same kind of abuse used to justify burning people at the stake. Only this time, we're talking about babies."