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US Presidential hopeful rejects Vatican conscience call on politicians


One of the Democratic presidential hopefuls has rejected the Vatican's new guidelines for Catholic politicians.

The document approved by Pope John Paul II declares that Catholic politicians must oppose abortion, euthanasia and gay marriage.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry said that "as a Catholic" he has "enormous respect for the words and teachings of the Vatican."

But, he said that because he is required to "represent all the people", he can't be bound by church doctrine. Kerry's statement says that's part of President Kennedy's "lasting legacy".

But the Vatican says abortion, euthanasia and gay marriage so violate church teachings, they must be opposed by Catholics in public life.

SOURCE
AP

LINKS
Carroll supports Vatican call for politicians to act morally (17/1/02)
Document affirms primacy of conscience for politicians (Frank Brennan SJ in The Australian)
Senator John Kerry


20 Jan 2003