John McCain has pastor troubles of his own, which recently have been somewhat alleviated by the pastor himself:

Pastor Hagee apologizes for anti-Catholic remarks

John Hagee, an influential Texas televangelist who endorsed John McCain, apologized to Catholics Tuesday for his stinging criticism of the Roman Catholic Church and for having “emphasized the darkest chapters in the history of Catholic and Protestant relations with the Jews.”Hagee’s support for McCain has drawn cries of outrage from some Catholic leaders who have called on McCain to reject Hagee’s endorsement. The likely Republican nominee has said he does not agree with some of Hagee’s past comments, but did not reject his support.

In a letter to William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, Hagee wrote: “Out of a desire to advance a greater unity among Catholics and evangelicals in promoting the common good, I want to express my deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful.”

Donohue, one of Hagee’s sharpest critics, said he accepted the apology and planned to meet with Hagee Thursday in New York.

Note that this allows Donohue and his Catholic League, and Hagee as well, to line up behind McCain in November. This still leaves Hagee quite separate from other evangelical leaders who, as I’ve blogged about before, despise McCain and are willing to let Obama win in order to deny him the White House.

Having said all of this, and having endured the Obama/Wright affair … is anyone else as tired of the clerical politicking as I am? Isn’t it time for America’s presidential candidates to extricate themselves from the affairs of ardent pastors who’re often afflicted with that illness known as “diarrhea of the mouth”?

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