Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Win One For the Hummer

No, Dear Reader. The October Surprise isn't Monica. I'm talkin' about Father Hummer:
In Chillicothe, an Appalachian town south of here, Mr. Kerry attended a specially arranged Mass at St. Mary's Church on Saturday, where the priest, the Rev. Lawrence Hummer, delivered a stirring — and decidedly Kerry-friendly — sermon.


"There are many people who think that the destruction of Iraqi life is as direct an assault on the sacred as is the taking of unborn life," he said in his homily. "There are many people who regard the death penalty as an admission of the smallness of our nature rather than evidence of our greatness. There are many people who think that the right of health is as important as our right to security. There are many people who think that encouragement through all patience is preferable to the violence of arms."

Father Hummer also expressed sympathy for Mr. Kerry's predicament as a worshiper in a fishbowl. "Even when he comes to the church of his youth, he finds many ready to attack him for acknowledging reality rather than playing God," he said. "Let the brother be at peace here; he is among friends."

This was no disinterested priest, however: he quoted Mr. Kerry's slogan, saying, "We have heard the clarion call — hope is on the way."

And when the service was over, Father Hummer offered a kind word that came close to an endorsement: "God bless you," he said. "And win, will you?"



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