I should hope that no readers of Making Light would cast their vote for President of the United States solely on the basis of one or the other candidates’ adherence to orthodox Catholic teachings.
However, if that’s a concern, they’ll be pleased to know that according to the Catholic News Service, a Vatican official representing the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has stated that Kerry is not a heretic. Good to get that cleared up.I have this from NewDonkey, which then goes on to discuss Bush’s adherence to the teachings of the Holy-Roman-Catholic-and-Apostolic-et cetera:
Although he does not appear to belong to any specific religious congregation, Mr. Bush has publicly identified himself as a “born-again Christian” of the Methodist denomination. He is thus presumptively an adherent of the Protestant Heresy, condemned most notably and definitively by the sixteenth-century Council of Trent. If so, Bush has implicitly embraced an array of subordinate heresies …Catholic heresies have their own wonderfully precise classification system. NewDonkey identifies Bush as qualifying as a heretic on grounds of Bibliolatry, Symbolism, Sacrilege, Schism, Pelagianism, Abandonment of the Apostolic Succession of Bishops, Dishonoring the Mother of God, and Denial of the teaching authority of the Church, with possible additional charges of Donatism, Hussism, and Jansenism.
Finally, the President’s persistant “unilateralist” demand that the United States must enjoy a privileged and unique status with respect to the use of force specifically and international law generally raises some concern that he is guilty of the Americanist Heresy (the belief that this country’s special conditions require deviations from universal laws of faith and morals), condemned by Pope Leo XIII in 1899.So there.