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."
Funny! And sad….
What a load of hooey.
Yar! Methinks this be a parody.
Not bad. Didn’t realize it was a parody ’til the fourth paragraph
Worse than sad. Why are so many national level Catholic politicians such an embarassment?
I read this and I could vomit. I wouldn’t vote for him for dog catcher.
I don’t think he could have put it better himself.
I didn’t know it was a parody until I read the comments. And I was really worked up about it! Shame on me.
Hey, I’m not a priest, and I’d be glad to tell him exactly how he isn’t Catholic! Please! Just let me at him!
A parody? Yes, but a rather sad commentary on our “Catholic” politicians.
The funny thing (or actually sad thing) is that I was believing this was an accurate statement from Rudy Tootie until I got to the last paragraph.
I agree with the people who almost believed this was a genuine interview. You had me going, Jeff, until the fifth paragraph. What’s sad is that it all sounds so much like him … and like too many others.
And now I’m suddenly afraid you’re going to tell us it wasn’t a parody!
POarody yes, 99% true also even if he hasn’t actually put it into words.
Took me three whole paragraphs and part of the fourth to realize this was a parody. Truly sad that a brilliant parody can appear to be a real news story in this case. 🙁
You got me. It sounded so much like Rudy trying to swim around Bishop Tobin’s direct challenge that it didn’t occur to me that it was satire until I read the comments.
I want to apologize for calling Rudy “Tootie”. I don’t like his wishy-washy stance on life issues but I don’t want to resort to name calling.
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