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Liberal Catholic scholars rap Gingrich, Santorum

Catholic World News - January 23, 2012

In an attack obviously aimed at two Republican presidential candidates, a group of liberal Catholic scholars has charged that conservative Catholic politicians are rousing racial animosities.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Senator Rick Santorum—both Catholics—have employed political tactics that are “irresponsible, immoral, and unworthy of political leaders,” the liberal group charged. Their statement claimed that by associating President Barack Obama with a rapid expansion of food-stamp dependence, the two candidates are “inflaming other racist caricatures.”

The signers of the letter characterized themselves as “Catholic leaders who recognize that the moral scandals of racism and poverty remain a blemish on the American soul.” The group included several prominent Jesuits who have been frequently identified with liberal political causes, including Fathers David Hollenbach and Jim Keenan of Boston College and John Kavanaugh of St. Louis University.

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  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Jan. 24, 2012 3:28 PM ET USA

    To you Signers: Go move to once-Catholic, now Socialist Europe where you'll be at home.

  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Jan. 24, 2012 1:51 AM ET USA

    Way too repetitive! Every time liberals are wrong and can't defend their position, they just call someone a "racist" or "sexist" or another lie, discrediting anything that person says. Just call them a name and you don't have to deal with their argument. And the Jesuits? They have become beyond help! Well does Scripture say of them, "Thinking themselves wise, they have become fools and exchanged the Truth of God for a lie!" Their declining numbers show how "in their Body" they suffer the result.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Jan. 23, 2012 11:33 PM ET USA

    The overwhelming majority of the perpetrators of this disgusting pro-abortion hit piece are from Jesuit insitutions. As Catholics we must hope and pray that God will turn down the thermostat for them when they die. We should also let their institutions hear us snap our checkbooks closed in the meantime.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 23, 2012 9:29 PM ET USA

    Santorum and Gingrich are no more racists than anyone else with eyes and ears. They realize that government programs have kept racial minorities in a kind of permanent underclass status. Moreover, both of them are speaking more out of the papal playbook than any Democrat has ever done. I mean encyclicals.

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