|Pope Benedict XVI|
The repeal fulfils a campaign promise Obama made to pro-choice supporters. But
if the late Friday afternoon signing was an attempt to get the change in under the
radar, it didn't work. Top Vatican officials, usually hesitant to respond directly to
Washington's domestic policy decisions, pounced quickly. By Saturday afternoon,
the Holy See was emailing reporters the Sunday edition of its official daily,
L'Osservatore Romano, which features a front page headline describing Obama's
decision as "very disappointing."
'The government doesn’t have the right to butt into the internal governance and teachings of the church. 'It’s not about contraception. It’s about the right of conscience. This is not a Catholic issue, it’s an American issue,' he added. 'We’re strong on this issue of conscience, and that’s what’s at stake here.'