California Catholic Daily says Hillary Clinton is confused about “Our Lady of Guadalupe.” It seems she asked who painted the image. This isn’t “confusion”–it simply reflects, first of all, the fact that Protestants don’t accept the uniquely Catholic idea that Mary has a special role that includes going around appearing to people asking them to build churches. It also was in keeping (though Hillary doubtless didn’t know it) with lots that has been published, by Catholic (including the former rector of the basilica, Guillermo Schulenburg) and non-Catholic scholars, demonstrating that the image is, in fact, a forgery.
Now, she did indicate confusion on another level. She went ahead and lighted a candle anyway, and then went out and told people, “You have a marvelous virgin!” That’s confusion. And should the Secretary of State really be visiting a religious shrine in the first place? And should she ask a question that, while being a good question, is a bit of an insult to the devotees? That’s a different matter.