|OMG! Is the Vatican in an "unholy alliance" with Iran?|
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Of course, the Catholic Church supports the protection of women; and the Times editorial offered no evidence to the contrary. As everyone knows, the Catholic Church opposes abortion; and I am sure the Vatican made its position clear to the United Nations commission on that issue. But the Church's position on abortion does not put it in the company of Iran and Russia on the issue of women's rights. For the Times to suggest that the Vatican, Russia and Iran are in an "unholy alliance" regarding the status of women is unworthy of that newspaper.
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Has Mr. Bruni forgotten that some of this nation's most important decisions are made in secret? The Supreme Court, for example, deliberated in secret before it decided Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the most important Supreme Court decision of the twentieth century. Indeed, the Supreme Court always deliberates in secret, as does every federal and state appellate court.
The Times editorial and Mr. Bruni's op ed essay are both poorly reasoned. In my opinion, the Times and several of its writers are so intent on discrediting the Catholic Church that they have lost their objectivity, their balance, and their sense of good judgment.
Frank Bruni. The Conclave's Fixed Ways. New York Times, March 12, 2013.
Editorial. Unholy Alliance: The Vatican, Iran and Russia Work to Block Global Standards on Protecting Women New York Times, March 12, 2013.