Well, That’s a Relief….Good news, Dad. You can vote for Kerry without fear of eternal damnation. So says Cardinal “The Inquisition Wasn’t So Bad” Ratzinger. You probably won’t hear this fact trumpeted from pulpits (or the Catholic League’s press office) anytime soon. But it would be nice if just a few of those journalists who wrote breathless “Is it a sin to vote for Kerry?” stories would close the loop by reporting this new announcement.

Also, some enterprising young Catholics have put together a website (VotingCatholic.org) that offers, among other resources, a quiz you can take to see how your political views match up with the presidential candidates and the Catholic church. There might be a few nasty surprises in store for some people who think they’re “better” Catholics than John Kerry.

Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.