giovedì, ottobre 14, 2004

Kerry, Buttiglione, politica, religione

Sul sito della CNN (e su altri due o tre gazzilioni di pagine web) troviamo la trascrizione completa del dibattito finale Bush - Kerry. Il dibattito finale verteva principalmente sugli aspetti della politica interna, dall'economia nazionale al mondo del lavoro, fino a problematiche di carattere sociale ed etico quali l'aborto, la ricerca genetica e il matrimonio tra omosessuali. Visti gli ultimi sviluppi delle posizioni dell'Onorevole Buttiglione in ambito internazionale, mi sembra interessante riportare una risposta del Senatore Kerry.

Domanda:
The New York Times reports that some Catholic archbishops are telling their church members that it would be a sin to vote for a candidate like you because you support a woman's right to choose an abortion and unlimited stem-cell research.
What is your reaction to that?


Risposta:
I respect their views. I completely respect their views. I am a Catholic. And I grew up learning how to respect those views. But I disagree with them, as do many.

I believe that I can't legislate or transfer to another American citizen my article of faith. What is an article of faith for me is not something that I can legislate on somebody who doesn't share that article of faith. [...]

And as President Kennedy said when he ran for president, he said, "I'm not running to be a Catholic president. I'm running to be a president who happens to be Catholic."

My faith affects everything that I do, in truth. There's a great passage of the Bible that says, "What does it mean, my brother, to say you have faith if there are no deeds? Faith without works is dead."

And I think that everything you do in public life has to be guided by your faith, affected by your faith, but without transferring it in any official way to other people.