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New Catholic Patriarch May Derail Hillary's White House Plans

by Carey Roberts    --show me more like this

After a brief flirtation with compassionate conservatism, Hillary Rodham Clinton has returned to her neo-Marxist ways. On April 19 Senator Clinton introduced the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act, a law that would pressure employers to fatten women’s paychecks, regardless of the number of hours worked or job qualifications.

The former Soviet Union once tried to divorce job productivity from wages. Of course, that removed persons’ incentive for hard work, and economic mayhem was the result. But Hillary is a lawyer, not a historian.

By interesting coincidence, Sen. Clinton’s bill was introduced the very same day that, half-way around the globe, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected as the new pope. Within hours he assumed the name Benedict XVI.

During the 1980s pope John Paul II worked courageously and relentlessly behind the scenes to topple Polish Communism. Now Cardinal Ratzinger is picking up where John Paul left off, publicly denouncing the scourge of socialism.

Faced with a man of towering intellect and unswerving moral courage, the Leftist media has responded by doing what it does best: cavil, criticize, and complain. All but calling the pope a religious bigot, columnist Andrew Sullivan warned, “And so the Catholic church accelerated its turn toward authoritarianism, hostility to modernity, assertion of papal supremacy, and quashing of internal debate.”

The pontiff is a man of rock-solid conviction who decries what he calls the “dictatorship of relativism.” Of course Benedict XVI views abortion as a social and moral abomination, repeatedly referring to it as a “grave sin.” And same-sex marriage is out, as revealed by this 1998 statement deploring the trend that “heterosexuality and homosexuality [would] come to be seen as simply two morally equivalent variations.”

At this rate, maybe the concepts of Right and Wrong, Good and Evil, will soon be restored to the public discourse.

Which brings me to Hillary’s ill-disguised aspirations to reclaim her throne in the White House and welcome the long-awaited feminist-socialist utopia.

Last June, when Senator John Kerry and President Bush were running neck-and-neck in the presidential race, Cardinal Ratzinger issued a letter that prohibited priests from giving the Holy Communion to a Catholic politician who is “consistently campaigning and voting” for permissive abortion laws.

Some priests felt that defending a woman’s “right to choose” represented a higher moral principle than protecting the lives of unborn innocents, so they chose to ignore that instruction. But that letter served to re-awaken the consciences of millions of Catholics, who on Election Day abandoned the Democratic Party in droves.

When to comes to radical feminism, the pontiff doesn’t mince words, either.

Last July 31 he released a Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Collaboration of Men and Women. Representing a brilliant and incisive critique of feminist theory, the Letter zeroed in on its two fundamental flaws. [http://catholicinsight.com/online/church/vatican/menwomen.shtml]

First is the tactic of provoking gender conflict. Feminists try to convince women to “make themselves adversaries of men,” explained the Cardinal, which “leads to opposition between men and women.”

Second is the concept of androgeny, what Ratzinger denounced as the “obscuring of the difference or duality of the sexes.” This flawed theory of gender “has inspired ideologies which...call into question the family in its natural two-parent structure of mother and father.”

If that analysis didn’t give Hillary heartburn, the Letter’s conclusion must have: that feminist “distortions” and “lethal effects” were undermining the “natural two-parent structure” of the family.

Senator Clinton, it might be smart to stop giving away those autographed copies of “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.”

But the German-born pontiff was not advocating a nostalgic return to the paternalistic days of kinder, kuche, and kirche. Instead he wrote about the need for an “active collaboration of the sexes” in order to bring the “feminine values” of faithfulness and caring to the forefront.

Last week, shortly before the Cardinals commenced their deliberations, then-Cardinal Ratzinger was invited to deliver the homily. In his remarks, he specifically singled out liberalism, collectivism, and Marxism as sources of perversion and error. [www.catholic.org/featured/headline.php?ID=2062]

Liberalism, collectivism, and Marxism – that pretty much sums up Hillary’s whole political philosophy.

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