Making nice with the pope

Although Joseph Ratzinger may have helped fuel Kerry's defeat, the senator says the selection of a new pontiff is always time for hope.

Published April 21, 2005 3:42PM (EDT)

The pontiff formerly known as Joseph Ratzinger may have succeeded in swaying Catholics toward George W. Bush in last year's election when he wrote a letter urging U.S. bishops to deny Communion to politicians who support abortion rights. But as the Chicago Sun Times notes this morning, Kerry, a lifelong Catholic, is making nice with the new pope -- at least sort of. In a statement on the selection of Ratzinger, Kerry said: "The election of a new pope is a great moment of hope, renewal and possibility for the Catholic Church."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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