Ah we're back to the Vatican today ...
One of the most glorious aspects of the United States is -- was? -- the First Amendment to its constitution, the one that led to the ''separation of church and state.''
But, as we have seen in recent years, especially with former President George W. Bush claiming to have a hotline to God and all, is a lot of religion-based rhetoric horning into affairs of the state.
I know you probably long for the good old days of the Inquisition, or more recently the Third Reich. It must have been nice to have complete control of every thing and every one, most especially women, whom you believe are responsible for sin.
So when you come around to our politicians and try to impose your medieval mindset, we tend to bristle a little.
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday told U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic who supports abortion rights, that Catholic politicians have a duty to protect life "at all stages of its development."
Pelosi is the first top Democrat to meet with Benedict since the election of Barack Obama, who won a majority of the American Catholic vote despite differences with the Vatican on abortion.
The Vatican released the pope's remarks to Pelosi, saying Benedict spoke of the church's teaching "on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death." That is an expression often used by the pope when expressing opposition to abortion.
Benedict said all Catholics — especially legislators, jurists and political leaders — should work to create "a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development."
Now I must say, Dr. P is a tad harsh on His Holiness elsewhere in the post. And even though the Pope was a member of the Hitler Youth, it's a stretch to call him a Nazi. (He was just following orders? in a position where he had no choice.)
That said, I am still confounded by his recent re-admission of a Holocaust denying bishop to the Church ... but I digress.
Except I don't.
But here's the thing:
The Church has never thought women are ''innocent,'' has it? It has also always valued the life of the unborn child over that of its mother. In fact, the Church is so leery of women, it keeps them as far away as possible, except when it comes to holding bake sales.
But now I do digress.
Separation of Church and State, Your Popiness.
That includes the state of women's rights.