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"Excommunication 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. (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 in his ad Umina address to bishops from west Africa. (4)

"Ordination to the diaconate 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 of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, in a letter to a bishop asking whether it was allowable to ordain 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 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, 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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