Posted by: Idioma Extra | February 16, 2010

Tuesday’s News

Ms. Chinchilla likely to support traditional Catholic policies


President-elect Laura Chinchilla is a practicing Catholic and responded favorably to issues important to the church during her campaign. The Catholic Church avoids endorsing a specific candidate.

Campaign literature distributed at churches emphasized her pro-life beliefs; “defense of the family” with no specific mention of homosexual marriage; defense of state-subsidized Catholic high schools; opposition to a secular state and to elimination of references to God in the oath of office; and a general defense of “Catholic values” such as solidarity in public health, education, and programs for vulnerable women and children. She also promised to defend “the ties between the state’s social structure and the pastoral society of the Catholic church with a view to sustaining the social programs of the government.”

In a special election issue of the church publication Eco Católico, all nine presidential candidates were asked for their platforms on subjects of concern. Homosexual marriage was specifically a topic.

Ms. Chinchilla defended the human rights of homosexuals and expressed support for some sort of civil union.

“However, in our society marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman,” she wrote.

Libertarian candidate Otto Guevara maintained homosexual marriage is not a theme worth debate either way. Second-place finisher Ottón Solís stated opposition but said a country with “such biodiversity should also recognize human diversity.”

All were opposed to abortion except Eugenio Trejos, who in the church newspaper couched his explanation in such dense language that his position was nearly incomprehensible. The most outspokenly religious candidate was former Tibás mayor Mayra González, but she is an evangelical and divorced. One of her campaign slogans was “the other woman.” She got about 1 percent of the vote.

Waiting until after the election to discuss it with the media, priests reported that Guevara’s girlfriend Deborah Formal broke a communion wafer and put part of it in his jacket pocket at a pre-election Mass. He cannot confess or take communion as he is divorced. Sacrilege was avoided when a priest took the errant fragment and ate it, said Hugo Barrantes, the archbishop.

The event was televised fully and replayed several times.

Word of the Day 

Main Entry: en·dorse
Variant(s): also in·dorse \in-\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): en·dorsed; en·dors·ing
Etymology: alteration of obsolete endoss, from Middle English endosen, from Anglo-French endosser, to put on, don, write on the back of, from en- + dos back, from Latin dorsum
Date: 1581
1 a : to write on the back of; especially : to sign one’s name as payee on the back of (a check) in order to obtain the cash or credit represented on the face
b : to inscribe (one’s signature) on a check, bill, or note
c : to inscribe (as an official document) with a title or memorandum
d : to make over to another (the value represented in a check, bill, or note) by inscribing one’s name on the document
e : to acknowledge receipt of (a sum specified) by one’s signature on a document
2 a : to approve openly <endorse an idea>; especially : to express support or approval of publicly and definitely <endorse a mayoral candidate>
b : to recommend (as a product or service) usually for financial compensation <shoes endorsed by a pro basketball player>
synonyms see approve
en·dors·able adjective
en·dors·ee noun
en·dors·er noun

More Vocabulary

Couch: v. to arrange or frame (words, a sentence, etc.); put into words; express
Errant: adj. straying from the proper course or standards
Likely: adj. probably or apparently destined
Outspokenly: adv. Characterized with frankness, without reserve
Sacrilege: n. the violation or profanation or anything sacred or held sacred
Secular: adj. not pertaining to or connected with religion
Worth: preposition. Good or important enough to justify

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Check back tomorrow for phrasal verbs!


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