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Learning From The Mother Church

May 13, 2011


Much ink has been spilled over Roman Catholicism’s wrongs – especially the colossal priest sex scandals. They cannot be minimized. And yet I still see hope. The Mother Church has much to teach evangelicals and other so-called “Bible believing” Protestants. Her doctrine still upholds what we call “traditional family values,” including a pro-life abortion stance, then delves deeper and advocates Christ’s burden for the poor and the environment. Thus, she can speak prophetically to both American political parties.

A group of Catholic academics wrote a letter to Republican House Speaker and church member John Boehner before his commencement speech to The Catholic University of America. They pulled no punches. “We write in the hope that this visit will reawaken your familiarity with the teachings of your Church on matters of faith and morals as they relate to governance.” They say his voting record “is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings. From the apostles to the present, the Magisterium of the Church has insisted that those in power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress.”

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