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."
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.
April 21, 2005 7:42PM (UTC)
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.MORE FROM Tim Grieve