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Thursday, August 16, 2012

ALTAR BOYS, ALTER EGOS

la contienda presidencial '12 no solo esta enfrentando 2 ideologos sino 2 quasi teologos. por primera vez en la historia yanqui, las 2 boletas incluyen catolicos romanos: el videpresidente democrata joe biden (69), y el nominado a la videpresidencia republicana paul ryan (42). y todavia ryan pertenece a su parroquia catolica, st. john vianney en janesville, wisconsin, donde fue monaguillo. biden, es el primer vicepresidente en la historia de estados unidos en ir a una misa en las parroquias de st. patrick y st. joseph, de la iglesia brandywine, ambas en wilmington, delaware. tanto biden como ryan citan que su fe influyo en su formacion politica, pero solo ryan se conoce por abanderar las 2 grandes y controversiales cruzadas catolicas -despues del condon- como el aborto y el matrimonio homosexual. biden es un disidente, al menos en una (tuvo que apoyar a obama en lo de los matrimonios gays). biden reconoce que la iglesia lucha por justicia social a favor de la pobreza, pero deserta de sus posiciones ideologicas morales. mientras que ryan esta con la doctrina catolica contra el aborto y la union matrimonial gay, pero a la misma vez confronta a lideres catolicos en topicos de justicia social. siendo los catolicos casi un tercio del voto electoral... -quien es el mejor catolico? aparentemente, ante los catolicos, biden esta en desventaja, por su disidencia eclesiastica. mientras el catolicismo nacional tiene en ryan un candidato moral. aunque -he aqui los dilemas politicos- la fiscalizacion monetaria de ryan lo mete en problemas con los catolicos. las monjas y los franciscanos de wisconsin protestaron el presupuesto de ryan para su tour por 9 estados este verano. the franciscan action network acuso al congresista de 'balancear su presupuesto a espaldas de los pobres'. y 90 academicos de la universidad de georgetown -el centro catolico docente mas viejo de la nacion- criticaron asimismo la gestion financiera de ryan. en su propio estado, ryan ofendio la fidelidad de los catolicos. pero para que se tenga una idea de la fuerza de los movimientos religiosos americanos que vienen del cristianismo, hace poco el c.e.o. de la cadena de comida rapida chick fil-a, dan cathy, se pronuncio contra los matrimonios gay durante una entrevista de una congregacion bautista. entonces los activistas pro-gay comenzaron a piquetear frente a los establecimientos del chick-fil-a en algunos estados. inmediatamente se movilizaron las iglesias, y tanto bautistas como metodistas, presbiterianos, adventistas, cristianos, incluso catolicos y testigos de jehova, fueron en apoyo de chick-fil-a y las colas de comensales recibieron cobertura de todos los noticieros. aca en miami la policia tuvo que movilizarse al menos en el dadeland mall porque la linea en espera le daba 1 vuelta al centro comercial. veamos como se comportan con nuestros candidatos vp. lo mas logico es que ambos hagan -o sugieran- algunas concesiones. biden en la parte ideologica y ryan en la economica. si no, no van pa'l cielo.©varela

the '12 presidential race could not only facing 2 ideologues but 2 quasi theologians. for the first time in u.s. history, both sides of the ballot include roman catholics: democrats' vice president joe biden, 69, and republicans' newly named vice presidential candidate paul ryan, 42. and still ryan belongs to the catholic parish, st. john vianney in janesville, wis., where he was an altar boy. biden, 69, the first catholic vice president in u.s. history, attends mass at st. patrick's parish and st. joseph on the brandywine church, both in wilmington, delaware. both biden and ryan cited their faith influenced political education, but only ryan is known as a standard-bearer of the 2 big and controversial catholic crusades -after condom- as abortion and gay marriage. biden is a dissident, at least in one (had to support obama in the gay marriage). biden agrees with the church on social justice issues like poverty, but runs afoul on gay marriage. ryan, meanwhile, agrees with catholic doctrine on abortion and gay marriage, but clashes with church leaders on social justice issues. with catholics comprising nearly a third of the u.s. electorate... - who's the better catholic? apparently, before catholics, biden has a disadvantage by his ecclesiastical dissent. while the national catholicism has in ryan a moral candidate. though -here is the political dilemmas- the monetary control of ryan puts it into trouble with catholics. catholic nuns, scholars and franciscans from wisconsin protested ryan's budget on a nine-state bus tour this summer, rallying outside his district office. the franciscan action network accused the congressman of 'balancing his budget on the backs of the poor'. and ninety scholars at georgetown university -the nation's oldest catholic college- were against ryan's budget. in his own state, ryan has ofended with his budget the fidelity of the catholics. but to have an idea of the strength of american religious movements that come from christianity, recently the c.e.o. of the fast food chain chick fil-a, dan cathy, was against gay marriages during an interview of a baptist congregation. then the pro-gay activists began to clip against retailers in chick-fil-a in some states. immediately mobilized the churches, and bautistic as methodists, presbyterians, seventh-day adventist, christians, including catholics and jehovah's witnesses, were in support of chick-fil-a and the lines of customers received the news coverage. here in miami police had to mobilize at least in the dadeland mall because the line on hold gave 1 circle around the mall. let's see how they behave with our vp candidates. the most logical is that both do -or suggest- some concessions. biden in ideological and ryan in the economic. if not, they won't go to heaven.©varela