The Jesuit Approach -- or, Better Living Through Sodomy
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"I'd like to think that religion is not a big factor these days. I think people will say whatever religion he has, that’s his," said Rev. Robert F. Drinan, a Catholic priest and former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts.
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Apr. 13, 2004 9:53 AM ET USA
Imagine: a candidate for public office has voted as a legislator to allow for lynchings (of African-Americans). I am certain that McCarrick, O'Brien, Gregory, George, etc., and the USCCB would admit that no candidate is perfect, and that although this position is regretable, it should not preclude Catholic voters from voting for this person and still be in good standing with the Church. Few homilies would be given, and these would carefully nuanced, pointing out that there are other issues...
Posted by: -
Apr. 13, 2004 6:12 AM ET USA
"...whatever religion he has, that's his." says Fr. Drinan. Albeit perhaps unwittingly, Drinan is actually speaking the truth. Whatever religion Kerry has - it certainly is his. It's just not the Catholic Church's...
Posted by: -
Apr. 12, 2004 9:46 PM ET USA
As a modern counterpart to the Jesuit-styled courtier-diplomat, Drinan is a humiliation to an order established to proclaim doctrinal truth amid the heretics, having fully capitulated to New Age. While it may not be practical to question everyone's opinions at the point of receiving communion, politicians must be held to a higher standard merely because of their positions of leadership and public profile. I'll take Bush's Methodist orthodoxy over Kerry's soft, quasi-Catholicism any day.
Posted by: principle not pragmatism -
Apr. 12, 2004 7:52 PM ET USA
People keep pointing out that the bishops belong to the AM Church. One thing we know, they don't sound like Catholics.
Posted by: Jdarc -
Apr. 12, 2004 6:50 PM ET USA
I look at it this way, if John Kerry claims to be Catholic and yet cannot bring himself to live by the teachings of the church (he doesn't even PRETEND to), then why shouldn't I fear that - as an American - he would turn his back on the fundamentals beliefs this country was founded upon? Oh, yeh, he's is record as a politician speaks volumes. As a Catholic, I find Kerry an embarrassment.
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Apr. 12, 2004 5:06 PM ET USA
Posted by: Brad -
Apr. 12, 2004 4:50 PM ET USA
My bigger concern is the commentary from the spokesperson of the USCCB: "While Kerry does not adhere to all the strictures of the faith, Bush may not be any better a choice for Catholics, added Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (search). 'There is no candidate that is in agreement with the church on all issues,' she said. " Would that you be hot or cold but you are lukewarm while babies are being murdered and immorality is honored! God spare us.