In the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, yesterday was indeed a historic day. It was also a euphoric day, a metamorphic day, a day when joy rained down and hearts were transformed.
Vatican Information Service announced this morning that Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message, through the apostolic nunciature in Washington, U.S.A., to Barack Obama, congratulating him on his re-election as president of the United States of America.
The bishops "offer our prayers that God will give you strength and wisdom to meet the difficult challenges that face America," Dolan wrote.
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The bishop of Green Bay, Wis., David Ricken, had joined a chorus of Catholic bishops (and others) trying to tell Catholics how to vote. Ricken's most recent pastoral letter warned the faithful of his diocese that some voter choices could "put your own soul in jeopardy."
After listing the issues of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and homosexual marriage as "intrinsically evil," he goes on to say:
Egypt's Coptic Christians have a new pope. Bishop Tawadros will be ordained Nov. 18 as Pope Tawadros II. Following on the 40-year papacy of Pope Shenouda III, Pope Tawadros will become the leader of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East.
Four years ago, a majority of American voters made history by electing the first African-American president of the United States. I predict that today, a majority of American voters will further make history by re-electing the first African-American president, Barack Obama.
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