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Bush's so-called Catholic values

AS A CATHOLIC, I am furious at the Republicans telling me I should vote for George Bush because he has a "stronger record on Catholic values" ("GOP urges Catholics to shun Kerry," Page A1, Sept. 26).

Where were Bush's Catholic values when, as governor of Texas, he authorized the death penalty, including the execution of the mentally ill, more than any of the governors of the other 49 states. Was he not aware that the church is against the death penalty? Where are his Catholic values when he consistently places the interests of the rich and powerful above those of the poor and needy? This was not the example set by Jesus, Bush's self-proclaimed personal savior. Bush's holier-than-thou attitude is wearing very thin.

ROSE M. MULA
Andover
 

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