How Many Personalities Does The Pope Have?
Oh my. Pope Ratzi the XVI has gone off-message:
[The Pope's] comments drew a rebuke from Representative Tom Tancredo, a Republican from Colorado who has been a leading opponent of illegal immigration.
Accusing the pope of "faith-based marketing," Mr. Tancredo said Benedict's comments welcoming immigrants "may have less to do with spreading the Gospel than they do about recruiting new members of the Church." Mr. Tancredo, a former Catholic who now attends an evangelical Christian church, said it was not in the pope's "job description to engage in American politics."
On the other side of the issue, some members of the Catholic hierarchy said they were shocked that on the same day that Benedict and President Bush affirmed in a joint statement the need for a policy that treats immigrants humanely and protects their families, federal agents were conducting raids at five chicken plants. They arrested more than 300 immigrants accused of being illegal workers.
For those trying to keep track: Excommunicating pro-choice politicians -- Good Pope. Opposing the invasion and occupation of Iraq -- Bad Pope. Converting Muslims -- Good Pope. Economic justice -- What, are you sure that's the Pope? Never heard nothing about that.