I believe in the separation of church and state. Perhaps no other American ethic is more important or ingrained. However, the Catholic Church evidently does not believe in this tradition. More and more the Church is injecting itself in the political debate, particularly regarding a women's right to choice. I saw an interview last night with the Bishop who has barred Patrick Kennedy from communion because he supports the right to choose. He was scary. This is not a theocracy. If the Church wants to be so active in the political arena let them pay. Tax the vast wealth of the Church and our budget deficit would probably be erased.