Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Rick Santorum's Gospel-free Catholicism
12:12 am est
Theologian and holy man Rick Santorum magnanimoulsy concedes that President Obama is a Christian, but notes that
the president's theology is deficient and more focused on the earth than is
Santorum's evil Obama straw man apparently is obsessed with the environment
and climate change.
Funny thing is, many progressives would say that the
president has not been concerend enough with climate change. How often does he mention it? What has he really done
Santorum is fully aligned with the know-nothings who say that man-made
global warming is a liberal plot to take over the world, masterminded by the evil Al Gore. The impeccable reasoning
this: "Al Gore is a Democrat. We don't like Al Gore. Therefore man-made global warming
is a false, evil plot to take away our freedom." Facts have nothing to do with it.
Funny thing for Super-Catholic Santorum, the popes have been acknowleding climate change going back to 1993. Recent
statements by Pope Benedict have acknowledged it also. Does this mean he has fallen prey to an evil liberal plot
to control our lives?
Also interesting that Santorum criticizes Obama for not
being biblically oriented enough. One could say that the things Santorum is obsesssed about in Catholic
doctrine are not biblically based at all, such as artificial contraception and abortion.
(That isn't to say the Catholic Church is wrong about abortion, it's right. But that's an entirely
different matter than the fact that Santorum's brand of Catholicism contradicts much of Jesus' teaching in the New
Testament, teaching the defines the core of what is means to be a Christian).
Where? For instance, matters like compassion for the poor (Mt. 25), being non-judgemental, non-violent and forgiving
(Mt. 5-7) do not seem to make it into Santorum's theology at all. He's judgemental
poor and indifferent, too, declaring that "suffering is a part of life."
Given Santorum's pro-plutocracy view of economics, "suffering is a part of life" does not seem to be
part of his message for corporations and the rich when it comes to sacrificing some wealth to do more for the common
As for non-violence, the fact that Santorum is a pro-war neo-conservative,
closely aligned with the neo-con Ethics and Public Policy Center has not been getting nearly enough play so far. (After all,
he won't be criticized for that in the GOP!)
Santorum is a Super Catholic
but I wonder if he is in fact really a Christian. I do not know the Jesus he is preaching.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Newt the know-northing
2:07 pm est
Newt Gingrich says that if Obama is re-elected president, he will
declare war on the Catholic Church. What hysterical nonsense.
No, he won't. This is absurd.
been a Catholic 48 more years than you have and I know a lot more about it, and I despise how you are using my Church for
your own futile ego trip.
In other news, Mitt Romney says he was "severely conservative"
while governor of Massachusetts. Funny thing, I had the privilege to vote against Romney in Mass. and lived here while he
was governor. I didn't notice any severe conservatism. Only the moderate fiscal conservatism paired with the social liberalism
of his esteemed Republican predecessor as governor, William Weld.
Maddow was much more subdued than the other hosts about the Obama change on contraceptive coverage and the Church. I like
her, but her nun aunt notwithstanding, her lack of sympathy for the Church is quite apparent.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Hooray for the President
8:21 pm est
President Obama's Solomon-like decision today both to respect the
freedom of religion for the institutional Catholic Church and to provide contraceptive coverage for women who seek to have
it, will not satisfy the Obama-haters.
The three Republican
candidates for president, of course, are not happy. Gingrich, famously on his third religion (Catholicism) and his third wife
(Calista), declares that the President is waging war on the Catholic Church. Bull.
As I noted on Twitter just the other day @banner_religion, the right will no doubt be greatly disappointed
that this issue is off the table. Look for bloviating rage to continue going forward.
As for Rick Santorum, see my opinion piece on the home page of this site. He's an über-Catholic
on all the sex-related issues, but a reliable plutocrat when it comes to economics. At CPAC today, he said the economy was
secondary; what comes first? Social issues, and no doubt the fantasy war he and the right imagine Obama is waging against
Oh, also interesting to see Florida
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio now a Catholic again — instead of an evangelical — once hay could be made over Obama
and the Catholic Church.
With this said, I do have
to note that I was appalled by the tone-deafness of liberals on MSNBC to legitimate concerns about freedom of religion. Rachel
Maddow was particularly infuriating. I'm waiting to see what tone she takes tonight. The hosts so far have been favorable
to the president's decision.