Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Cardinal Bertone: "Pope to stay above political fray during U.S. visit"

Don't expect any political fireworks during Benedict's U.S. visit -- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said Pope Benedict intends to stay above the political fray (Catholic News Service):

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told the Italian Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana that "someone said there's always an electoral campaign under way in the United States" no matter what time of year it is.

"The pope is nonpartisan," the cardinal said in the magazine's Jan. 6 issue.

"One certainly cannot control eventual exploitation" by people who might use the pope's visit to gain political advantage, he added.