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When's the election?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | May 26, 2004

Catholic doctrines and moral teachings must change, writes Marney Rich Keenan in a Detroit News op-ed, "Because the church can't afford to lose people like me."

Well now. That's a matter of opinion, isn't it? From a different perspective, you might even ask whether the Church can afford to keep people like her.

But the most striking thing about the Keenan column is the title (which, in all fairness, she might not have chosen herself): "When church plays politics, it risks losing many voters."

Voters? The Church isn't looking for votes, but for souls. And if you gain the whole world, but lose your soul... That's the message some Church leaders are now trying to drive home to prominent politicians. And not-so-prominent columnists.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 2:31 PM ET USA

    Marney ended her column with: "The pews are emptying as it is." That's okay. Jesus explained the nature of the Holy Eucharist (Jn 6) and "After this, many of His disciples went back and walked no more with Him. Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away? And Simon Peter answered Him: Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." We only hope that if Marney leaves she will one day repent and return to Holy Mother Church who will greet her with open arms.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 1:19 PM ET USA

    "I was baptized a Catholic, confirmed a Catholic, married a Catholic and now raise three daughters as Catholics. In my hearts of hearts, I am a Catholic." Got some news for you, lady: Your "heart of hearts" is leading you astray. Go talk to your pastor. Perhaps he'll tell you what really makes one Catholic. Betcha he won't say it's Baptism, Confirmation, Matrimony or taking your kids to church on Sundays.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 11:51 AM ET USA

    BRAVO (again), Phil ! I think that it will be only after they are OUT, that they will begin to realize how truly poor they have become, and then thoughts of repentence may just enter their (?)empty heads !