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Woe to you, hypocrites!

It's the kind of hypocrisy where the only thing you can do is shake your head in bewilderment at the fact that people can live with themselves while being so damned two-faced. Condolezza Rice, apologist for the war in Iraq, designated black spokesperson for the neo-conservative agenda, and the woman who bought thousand dollar shoes while the people of New Orleans were under water, will be speaking at Boston College today.

Moments like these betray the true colors of the Vatican. True to form, the Catholic hierarchy has shown that they are more concerned with policing people's sexuality than the social justice tradition of the Church that they disingenously pay lip service to. Last year, BC banned an AIDS fundraiser sponsored by its LGBT advocacy group, but can tolerate a war criminal and a liar. What morality! What "respect for life!"

Can you imagine if Boston College invited an openly queer speaker to campus? If BC invited someone from Catholics for Choice? Cardinal O'Malley would have an aneurism. There would be all of this self-righteous pontification (literally) about how the speaker's "lifestyle" contradicted church teachings--blah, blah, blah, gag me with a spoon. But now that someone whose policies contradict the Roman Church's supposed teachings on social justice is speaking, we hear not one peep of protest from the Archdiocese. Not one nanosecond of introspection from the Vatican-programmed automatons that run BC.

Don't let anyone tell you that the Roman Church's politics are "hard to pin down" or "don't fit into traditional categories of right or left." The politics of the Vatican are reactionary to the core. Sure, they'll talk about social justice; but it is incidents like this that show their real priorities.

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