Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Renato Road Show

Tomorrow, Priests for Life is breaking ground for its new facility in Amarillo, Texas; the previously New York-based group was invited down by Bishop John Yanta.

Curiously enough, the groundbreaking ceremony will be presided over by Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace and Migrants and Itinerant Peoples. Seems that Martino's stayed on this side of the Atlantic since the ordination of his former undersecretary, now-Bishop Frank Dewane, as coadjutor of Venice some weeks back.

Given the cardinal's statements around the time of the Iraq war -- and his former post as the Holy See's observer at the UN in New York -- the expected ferocious reaction has taken flight at Freeper.

In other anti-abortion news, the movement is none too pleased over President Bush's signal earlier this week that he would support over-the-counter access to "Plan B," the abortifacient commonly known as the "morning-after pill."

Intriguingly, the news came four days after one US bishop deemed abortion a "sacrament" of but one political party -- i.e. not the Republicans, either....

Hmm. Seems a revision is in order.