Bishop Finn’s brief lecture employs the name Satan five times, that of Jesus six times.
The following Vatican analysis of President Obama's first hundred days was just posted on Rocco Palma's Whispers In The Logia. The Vatican isn't playing the Satan card, condemning President Obama, or insisting that the Democratic party is the party of death.
[U]nder the headline, "The 100 days that did not shake the world," [L'Osservatore] said the new president has operated with more caution than predicted in most areas, including economics and international relations.
"On ethical questions, too -- which from the time of the electoral campaign have been the subject of strong worries by the Catholic bishops -- Obama does not seem to have confirmed the radical innovations that he had discussed," it said.
It said the new draft guidelines for stem-cell research, for example, did not constitute the major change in policy that was foreseen a few months ago.
"(The guidelines) do not allow the creation of new embryos for research or therapeutic purposes, for cloning or for reproductive ends, and federal funds may be used only for experimentation with excess embryos," it said.
It added that the new guidelines "do not remove the reasons for criticism in the face of unacceptable forms of bioengineering" but are "less permissive" than expected.
The article saw a positive sign in the recent introduction of the Pregnant Women Support Act, which would help women overcome problems that often cause them to have abortions. It was sponsored by a group of pro-life Democrats.
"It is not a negation of the doctrine expressed up to now by Obama in the matter of interruption of pregnancy, but the legislative project could represent a rebalancing in support of maternity," the newspaper said.
It sure is nice to see that the Vatican actually sees what I've been writing all along. Supporting maternity is a legitimate abortion strategy. I'm almost shocked to read this analysis. Maybe Dr. Glendon jumped the gun as the Vatican doesn't seem to be nearly as anti Obama as some of our clergy.
Perhaps the Vatican understands that President Obama is listening, and rather than beat him with a stick for not being completely Catholic, they've chosen to give him credit where credit is due.