April 18, 2005

Pope candidate publishes book fast before Swift Boat Veterans can get it together . . .


One of the leading contenders to replace Pope John Paul II “harshly criticizes pro-market reforms and the globalization of the economy and urges solidarity with workers in a new book rushed into publication” in Brazil. According to an Associated Press wire story, the book by Claudio Cardinal Hummes “is a collection of 110 articles on the Roman Catholic Church, faith and social problems that Hummes published over seven years in the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo,” and it covers “issues ranging from jobs and land reform to drug abuse and human cloning, questions he has faced as archbishop of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city and home to some six million Roman Catholics.” Originally slated to come out today, it was appeared in stores just after the Pope’s death.

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