The political press is expressing concern about Republican presidential nominee Michele Bachmann’s connection to a conservative Lutheran group with a very dim view of the papacy. One would think this might endear her to journalists. Many of them have a pretty hostile view of the papacy themselves.
Interrogating Bachmann on whether or not she reviles the papacy is an odd task for them to perform. “Michele Bachmann, anti-Catholic?” ran one headline, even though she has disavowed ant-Catholic bigotry and no longer belongs to that group. Somehow such headlines never appear when indisputable papal critics from the Democratic Party run for office.
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