Vatican Official: Palin "Dream" for Pro-Lifers
Sarah Palin’s firm opposition to abortion and her status as a mother of five prompted a Vatican official to describe the Republican vice president nominee as a “dream candidate.”
“I couldn't be more happy,” a U.S. church official at the Vatican told Newsmax on the condition of anonymity. “She is, in many ways, a dream candidate, at least among Americans here.”
It is impossible to speak of a collective “Vatican view” about Palin, a member of the Assemblies of God, because not all Vatican officials have the same opinions or authority. And, although the Alaska governor’s pro-life position has earned praise in the Vatican hierarchy, the church officials also say they don’t know her stances on other issues.
Archbishop Raymond Burke, who was archbishop of St. Louis until Pope Benedict XVI recently appointed him to head the Vatican’s highest court, confessed to knowing little about Palin. But he said he would be “very interested to learn more about what she thinks.”
Burke also stopped short of explicitly endorsing any candidate and agreed that abortion should not be the only issue to concern Catholic voters. But life issues are the critical ones, he said.
“We cannot accept for ourselves a political leadership which does not safeguard the inviolable dignity of human life,” he said. “Are there other issues? Of course there are, but the primary issue has to be the question of human life.”
Society has few politicians who “are completely coherent with regard to respect for human life, so we (Catholics) try to find those candidates who will most support the restoration and respect for human life in our society,” the archbishop said. “And we continue to work at the same time to encourage all political leaders to promote a civilization of life and help to overcome the culture of death.”