New York Post Online Edition is reporting:

“June 18, 2004 — Sen. Ted Kennedy, one of America’s most prominent Catholic politicians, has ripped into Pope John Paul II over threats to deny Communion to his close ally, Democratic nominee-to-be John Kerry, a new report claims.
‘This pope gave Communion to Gen. [Augusto] Pinochet,’ the brutal Chilean dictator accused of murders and human-rights violations, Boston magazine quotes Kennedy as saying. ”

The Democrats are now faced with a choice.
They can support Kerry and thereby label Kennedy as the idiiot everyone else has always known he is, or else they can claim Kennedy’s comment is valid. Either way, they remove support from one or the other.

Assuming of course the Democrats have any intelectual honesty.
And THAT, of course, is, I suppose, too much to ask.