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Vatican Denounces World: ‘Deplorable’ That ‘Public Opinion’ Attempting To Influence Vote For Pope

by David Badash on February 23, 2013

in International,News,Politics,Religion

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The Secretary of State of the Vatican today issued a strong statement that denounces as “deplorable” what it claims are attempts to sway “public opinion” in an effort to influence the Cardinals’ vote for the new Pope to replace with “political or worldly logic.” Pope Benedict XVI‘s resignation is effective at the end of this month. The Vatican’s College of Cardinals is expected to meet to choose a new pope early next month.

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The statement also denounces what it claims are attempts to interrupt the Cardinals’ ability “to freely express their choice,” and claims “there is a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable, or even completely false news stories.”

“The freedom of the College of Cardinals, which, by law, is responsible for providing for the election of the Roman Pontiff, has always been strongly defended by the Holy See as the guarantee of a choice based solely on deliberations directed toward the good of the Church,” the Secretary’s statement notes:

If in the past the so-called powers, i.e., States, sought to influence the election of the Pope, today there is an attempt to do this through public opinion, which is often based on judgements that do not capture the typically spiritual aspect of this moment that the Church is living.

It is deplorable that, as we draw closer to the moment that the Conclave will begin and the Cardinal electors will be held—in conscience and before God—to freely express their choice, there is a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable, or even completely false news stories that cause serious damage to persons and institutions.

Now as never before, Catholics are focusing on what is essential: praying for Pope Benedict, praying that the Holy Spirit might enlighten the College of Cardinals, and praying for the future Pope, confident that the future of the barque of Peter is in God’s hands.

The Roman Catholic church has absolutely no issue spending untold millions of dollars across innumerable platforms to influence elections, including anti-gay ballot measures, at the local, state, and national level — and yet has the gall to tell the entire world to not voice their personal opinion and to not reveal anti-gay and other abominable positions and statements of the  “papable” — those Cardinals capable of being elected pope.

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The Vatican also published the Secretary’s statement on its official website in Italian.



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bgryphon February 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

Autocratic systems are based on some sort of special knowledge, power or bloodline. The foundation of the Catholic Corporation is that we mere mortals are unable to understand the "word of gawd" without their intervention. And it's not like this is the first case of "do as I say, not as I do" out of them.

JohnBNYC February 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

Amazing! The RC church spends millions trying to influence civil laws in the US but is shocked when people want to influence church policy. They need to figure out that what's good for the goose is good for the gander or stay the hell out of civil politics.

barbonine February 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

“…there is a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable, or even completely false news stories.”

I suggest that this is untrue, because the Catholic Church is not above defending itself against libel in court, much like Scientology. Any editor worth their salary would make very sure any stories associated with the Catholic church are well documented.

Scientology lost its lawsuit against Time Magazine for its 'Cult of Greed and Power' issue of 1992. It lost, in part, because Time's research was impeccable and, as the judge pointed out, it's not libel if it's true.

And, also like Scientology, it seems to be imploding. It's almost as if the two are in a race for oblivion! Who will win?

ottomarcos February 23, 2013 at 12:37 pm

But it's okay for the church to get involved in the politics of every nation where it has a foothold? Mmmkay, then; as one who left the church when I was 14 years old, I say, "Fuck you, Vatican"!

BJLincoln February 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I am not suprised. They can sure dish it out but can't take it. Well, they don't control the people like they did a long time ago so we can continue to have our say.
I am so looking forward to the crash and burn of the RCC. I can't wait for the Vatican to become a historical site to tour as part of a long dead culture and to see all the art work.

jerryball37 February 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

The Religionists keep pushing for a place at the table of the U.S. Government, but now they think it's an abomination for citizens to provide "input" for their religion? Kinda like the Iranian Religious-led government? The "Our Way, Or The Highway" theory of religiosity in everyday law over us all?

cipher February 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Funny; I think raping little boys then trying to cover it up is deplorable. A matter of perspective, I guess.

Coxhere February 24, 2013 at 8:11 am

For those of us who have observed the goings-on of the Roman church for decades, it's easy to deduce the goings-on of the bullying Roman church for two thousand years. It's easy to know what happened in the Council of Nicaea when "church fathers" got together and, among other things, continued the proclamation that Gnostic Christians were heretics and evil-doers worthy of execution (link:… last sentence under sub-section, "Arian Controversy"). The Roman church has a 2,000 year history of doing how it wants, when it wants, and under what conditions it wants. What we see today is merely a reflection of what went on for several months in 325 C.E. The Christian church can do no wrong and has authority to do whatever it wants even when doing so is violation of civil law.

James_M_Martin February 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm

The Vatican has delusions of grandeur. Nobody cares who is elected Pope. Nothing will change. The Roman Catamitical Church has not changed in centuries. At its inception it had blood on its hands: Constantine slaughtered dozens of bishops prior to the councils of Nicea simply because they allied with Arius and would not accept the dogma of physical reincarnation of God. Then there were the witch pogroms, the bloody Crusades, the slaughter of all manner of heretical and gnostic movements, all of the Albigensians and Cathari; Jews, gypsies, Muslims, you name it, the Catamitical Church has done it.

Diogenes_Arktos February 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

That's right – the Holy Spirit cannot possibly be working through the people. Especially when they are trying to shame the disgraced Cardinal Mahoney into recusing himself from the conclave.

BTW – Religion isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Deal with it.

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