NEW YORK (Roto Reuters) Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and front runner Republican presidential nominee has faced increasing questions on his standing as a Catholic. In recent articles he has responded, saying it was a question that "I prefer to leave to priests." He added that clerics would "have a much better sense of how good a Catholic I am or how bad a Catholic I am."
With increasing questions on this subject Mayor Giuliani has now responded by given a much fuller statement on his views on the subject.
"It all comes down to Thomas Jefferson’s concept of building a wall of separation between church and state as he wrote to the Dansbury Baptists. I have only taken Jefferson’s concept to a personal level. I have built a wall of separation between my actions and my faith. As a mayor and a presidential nominee I know that you are part of the state 24/7 and so all of my actions must be separated from my faith."
"It really can be quite a struggle since for example I am personally opposed to abortion and that wall of separation keeps my donations to Planned Parenthood and appointment of pro-abortion judges while mayor from affecting my faith life. As I have said before I don’t like and in fact hate abortion, but also as I have said before if my daughter going against my personal advice wanted one then I would give her the money for that. That is how separation of actions and faith work."
"Now I can’t take the credit for taking this separation to the personal level. I can thank trailblazers like John F. Kennedy who was quite skilled at keeping his faith contained and separated from his actions. Plus there are a plethora of Catholic politicians that have maintained a high degree of detachment from their personal actions and their personal faith. Though I do have a certain degree of pride by kicking it up a notch by having married three times, supporting homosexual acts, and federal funding of Embryonic Stem-Cell Research while still going to Mass on Sundays and calling myself a Catholic."
"My daughter in fact has learned so well from me that she has separated me as her father from her voting for Obama in the election."