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"Excommunication excommunication, formal expulsion from a religious body, the most grave of all ecclesiastical censures. Where religious and social communities are nearly identical it is attended by social ostracism, as in the case of Baruch Spinoza, excommunicated by the Jews.  for procured abortion constitutes a gesture of maternal love."

--Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan, a front-runner to be the next pope. (1)

"I did not have sexual intercourse with your son, I only fondled him.... I was very proud of your son, the way he repeatedly fought off my sexual advances most of the time. I want you to know that I still love your son after all these years."

--The alleged words of Rev. John Bertolucci, who is being sued for conspiring to intimidate an alleged sexual abuse victim from lodging a formal complaint in Albany, New York For other uses, see Albany.
Albany is the capital of the State of New York and the county seat of Albany County. Albany lies 136 miles (219 km) north of New York City, and slightly to the south of the juncture of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers.
. (2)

"One is an activity where you have a trusted relationship with a parishioner. The other is an activity where you're away from the parish and you're off on your own."

--Bishop John McCormack, explaining the difference between sexual abuse of a parishioner and a non-parishioner. (3)

"True love is chaste love."

--Pope John Paul II John Paul II, 1920–2005, pope (1978–2005), a Pole (b. Wadowice) named Karol Józef Wojtyła; successor of John Paul I. He was the first non-Italian pope elected since the Dutch Adrian VI (1522–23) and the first Polish and Slavic pope.  in his ad Umina address to bishops from west Africa. (4)

"Ordination to the diaconate di·ac·o·nate  
1. The rank, office, or tenure of a deacon.

2. Deacons considered as a group.

[Late Latin di
 and the priesthood of homosexual men, or men with homosexual tendencies, is absolutely inadvisable and imprudent, and from a pastoral point of view, very risky."

--Cardinal Jorge A Medina Estevez, Prefect prefect or praefect (both: prē`fĕkt), in ancient Rome, various military and civil officers. Under the empire some prefects were very important. The Praetorian prefects (first appointed 2 B.C.  of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, in a letter to a bishop asking whether it was allowable to ordain ORDAIN. To ordain is to make an ordinance, to enact a law.
     2. In the constitution of the United States, the preamble. declares that the people "do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.
 men with "manifest homosexual tendencies." (5)

"The United States is winning. Big.... [A]n encounter near Najaf has been called the biggest confrontation in the war so far. Estimated number of soldiers lost? Iraq: 150-450. US: none."

--Ever loyal to the pope's cry for peace, Deal Hudson, conservative Catholic, Bush adviser and Crisis magazine editor gets in touch with his compassionate conservatism. (6)

(1) John L Allen, Jr., "Under Vatican ruling, abortion triggers automatic excommunication," National Catholic Reporter, January 17, 2003; (2) Andrew Tilghman, Diocese battles RICO RICO n. .  lawsuit," Times Union (Albany, NY), February 4, 2003; (3) New York Times, "Bishop makes distinction on sex by priests in or outside parish," December 24, 2002; (4) Zenit, "Papal address to bishops of Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone," February 18, 2003; (5) Robert Pigott, "Vatican to reinforce Catholic orthodoxy," BBC News Online BBC News Online (more recently referred to as simply the BBC News website) is the website of BBC News, the division of the BBC responsible for newsgathering and production. Forming a major part of , January 8, 2003; (6) Deal Hudson, "All The News That's Fit To Print?" CRISIS Magazine--e-letter, March 27, 2003.
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