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Catholics should take their guide from Pope Benedict

Friday, April 10, 2009

We have drifted into a desert of godlessness

Truer words have not been spoken.
The new leader of English Catholics yesterday slapped down Tony Blair over his calls for gay rights in the Church.

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols said Roman Catholic thinking was 'rather different' to the kind promoted by the former Prime Minister.

Archbishop Nichols described Mr Blair - the Church's most prominent convert of recent years - as a fine politician with 'very well-tuned political senses'.

But he dismissed Mr. Blair's grip on spiritual truths, adding: 'I think I will take my guide from Pope Benedict'.
The successor to Saint Peter has been getting a lot of bad press from some media outlets lately, so it's gratifying to see that the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols has taken up the Pope's cause. It seems that prominent politicians, who also happen to be Catholics, have been swerving far from the straight and narrow path lately with their support for abortion rights and gay rights. Witness Tony Blair who is discussed in the above article, and Senator John Kerry as good examples of this. Oh, and add Nancy Pelosi to the list. Kerry and Pelosi have very openly advocated for abortion rights in direct contradiction to the edicts of their church. It seems that liberal politics is more important than church teachings to Kerry and Pelosi.

Of course they have a right to their opinions. But if they want to avoid the appearance of hypocrisy, perhaps they should consider leaving the Catholic Church and joining a more liberal church that is more in tune with their viewpoints on social issues. But don't hold your breath on that one. Kerry and Pelosi want to play both sides of the street if possible, and if they left their church then they might risk losing out with Catholic voters.

It's politics as usual. Where are the politicians who have the temerity to be both a politician and at the same time observe the sacred doctrines of their church? Those types are a rare breed indeed. But hopefully the electorate will catch on to such hypocrisy and do do something about it at the ballot box.
posted by John, 2:38 PM

3 Comments:

Calling Catholics like Kerry and Pelosi "hypocrites" is a little harsh. Even conservative Catholics "negotiate" their beliefs. For example, many of pro-life Catholics support the war in Iraq and capital punishment, which are not consistent with church teachings.

There are many liberal Catholics who question the authority of the pope and church councils. I am one of them, but I still go to mass anyway. I’m not going to change my religion, and I suggest that Kerry and Pelosi stay put also. When I have a doubt about anything, I ask, "What would Jesus do?" His philosophy is based in compassion, equality, inclusion, forgiveness, tolerance, peace and love, which are the foundations of liberalism. (Furthermore, because Jesus didn’t own property, he might even be considered a socialist, but we can hold that thought for another blog.) As for me, I’m just a sinner who doesn’t believe in throwing stones.

John, you have a nice lively and provocative blog. I never miss a day.

Ron in Sacramento
Kerry and Pelosi are hypocrites. It was man who wrote the Catholic Doctrine not God.If Jesus philosophy is base on compassion, equality, inclusion, forgiveness and love are you willing it or just writing it down. Why people say these things that they are not?
commented by Anonymous Edward, April 12, 2009 at 1:27 PM  
Thank you for your comments Ron and Edward. I don't exactly agree with either of you but then that's what it's all about. I am happy to have this conversation with you.

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