German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican theologian who was elected Pope Benedict XVI, intervened in the 2004 US election campaign ordering bishops to deny communion to abortion rights supporters including presidential candidate John Kerry. In a June 2004 letter to US bishops enunciating principles of worthiness for communion recipients, Ratzinger specified that strong and open supporters of abortion should be denied the Catholic sacrament, for being guilty of a "grave sin" ...
Hmm. You have to wonder what Ratzinger received in return for this favor. I mean, let’s look at the facts:
- Karl Rove “went on vacation to Italy” three weeks ago.
- Shortly thereafter a new group called Noah’s Ark Veterans For Truth springs out of nowhere, and begins airing commercials questioning the character of nearly all of the cardinals except Ratzinger.
- Likewise, Ratzinger is the only cardinal not mentioned by name in the book, released one week after John Paul II’s death, entitled Unfit For The Popemobile.
- Ratzinger has never explained the mysterious bulge that was seen in the back of his frock while he delivered his homily last Friday, nor why he shouted “now let me finish!” in the middle of it.
- Ratzinger frequently mentioned the crucifixion of Christ in speeches and even went so far as to wear a cross around his neck in a cynical attempt to capitalize on the tragedy for theological gain.
- Also notice that Satan was almost never mentioned by Ratzinger, despite the fact that he remains at large and is unlikely to be captured any time soon.
I’m not saying it was payback, but it sure looks suspicious to me.
Of course Rove may have helped just to stay in practice for 2006.