Dear Editor:So now it appears that our own Father O’Brien has been impregnated by Archbishop Chaput’s evil and hypocritical seed; taking an obvious side against Kerry and the good senator’s smart and fair choices about abortion, and condemning the scientific sanity of stem-cell research; all the while omitting the sin of Iraq.And O’Brien has the outrageous walnuts to do this from the pulpit just nine days before the most contentious election in the history of our great nation. What kind of self-righteous and weird and dangerous chutzpah does it take to swing the rubber hose of God to try and sway voters this close to the ballot-casting contest? Or did this moral lightning conveniently strike the Irish padre only last Saturday night? Or maybe this politically geeky priest is just trying to win a weekend in Denver full of touchy feely perks for these good works; with free breakfast and hot toddies and the promise of a puff piece on Fox.If this recently arrived holy-rolling Aspen local (two years?) wants to play the Catholic hero, why doesn’t he take a stand on the death penalty in his sermonizing on the newly wed shotgun marriage of church and state, and condemn former Gov. George Bush – a man who had slaughtered more death row inmates than any governor in modern Texas history? I do believe the Catholic Church is still against the death penalty, is it not?Let’s face it – if priests got pregnant (and lord knows, some of them have tried), abortion wouldn’t be an issue with the Catholic Church. If and when Jesus ever comes back, he is going to have a lot of a**-kicking to do and I have a couple of names I’d like to put at the top of his list.Ever wonder if maybe the second collections have been going to Bush campaign funds and for kegs of Coors? Hypocrisy like this makes the mind boggle; please remember this next Tuesday when it’s time to flick the toggle.Patrick HasburghAspenAspen
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