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DutchMonarchist

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The whole matter regarding the knighthood was not covered by the mainstream media at all here in the Netherlands, despite the politician being Dutch. I was interested to hear about the story, though. But despite reading about it I still don't quite get if the Vatican's response that this is standard protocol is correct. Does indeed every catholic politician or minister who comes along with a state visit get this award?
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If you read about this woman, she isn't just moderately pro-choice. She's a passionate pro-choice campaigner. I don't see why the award wasn't taken away. The Vatican is not an ordinary state. It has a clear ethical and spiritual position. This is more like Greenpeace giving an award to an oil company executive than the British government honouring someone a little dodgy for diplomatic reasons.

I always find it interesting that out spoken pro-choice politicians can usually receive communion.
DutchMonarchist

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Indeed, I do know that. Still, if this is indeed standard protocol and such awards are given to every catholic minister/politician who comes along with a state visit as the Vatican claims, it seems much less likely that the pope personally cared about the matter at that point. I couldn't quite find out if that is really the case though.

I'm also not sure if this is something new. I think catholic pro-segregation politicians in the US used to be kicked out at some point in time, whereas catholic pro-abortion politicians did not. But inconsistent it is, that is certainly true.
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