According to today’s edition of The Age the Victorian Premier, Mr Bracks (who calls himself a Catholic) said that
the separation of church and state in Australia should be respected by the Pope.
“We are in a secular state and we make decisions based on what we believe is in the best interests of our community. That’s how I have always operated,” he said.
And that is exactly how the Pope and all faithful Catholic politicians operate also, Mr Bracks. So there is no opposition between you and the Pope on that score.
As I have pointed out in other posts, the Pope, and Archbishop Hart, and other Catholic hierarchs who speak out on human rights and social justice are not trying to force their “religious ideas” on politicians. All their arguments in the sphere of political life are based on natural law philosophy, not upon religious ideas.
But they are:
1) Calling those who wish to call themselves Catholic to actually practice what the Catholic faith teaches (nota bene, Mr Bracks);
2) Convinced that embryonic stem cell research and cloning is not “in the best interests of our community.”