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Socially approved cheap shots

May 28, 2011

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One wonders: Is anti-Catholicism the last permitted prejudice? Sample the approved and publicly flaunted ignorance of the facts. Recently, 75 Catholic academics signed a letter criticizing House Speaker John Boehner for his legislative record on alleviating poverty. Left-handed compliments came swift and sure, with the Syracuse Post Standard Editorial Board providing a sample: “It is a welcome change to see a Roman Catholic politician challenged for a position on an issue other than abortion.”

These routine inaccuracies are getting boring. The US Catholic hierarchy took the side of the labor unions in Wisconsin; the bishops wrote a letter to Congress in general to remember the “least of these;” they published a Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church in 2005, very little of which dwelled on abortion and much of which implies radical societal change. And then there are all those soup kitchens and hospitals and charities and … Never mind. Doesn’t matter. See no good; hear no good. We’ll throw our cheap shots left and right because people wearing red drapes make easy targets.

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Learning From The Mother Church

May 13, 2011

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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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