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on voting for heretics

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Dec 07, 2007

Leaving aside Phil's argument that Mitt Romney's speech will have a generally positive effect, let me ask a separate question:

Why is it that in assessing the speech, political analysts invariably say that Romney was trying to quiet the fears of Evangelical voters who believe that Mormonism is a non-Christian cult? Why don't Catholics have the same fears? (The Church formally teaches that Mormon baptism is invalid: a sure sign that this is not a Christian faith.) Is this because:

  • Catholics believe that a non-Christian-- even a member of a strange cult-- could be a good president?
  • Catholics don't take the whole question of faith as seriously as their Evangelical neighbors?
  • Evangelical leaders are quick to denounce what they see as heresy, while the guardians of Catholic orthodox are more inclined to let things slide?
  • All of the above?

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  • Posted by: DrJazz - Nov. 20, 2009 4:22 PM ET USA

    How does the prohibition against ordaining women "enhance the life of communion"? To use the Doctor's words: By keeping it unimpaired! Catholics prefer our communion that way: Unimpaired. Conversely, for the Doctor: The challenge to recent Anglican thinking on this would have to be: In what way does the ordination of women and buggers help to keep intact anything that can honestly be called "communion"?

  • Posted by: - Nov. 20, 2009 1:38 PM ET USA

    Curious that in all discussions about the new document, little reference is made to Newman's thorough analysis of the reasons why the Anglican group is but another Protestant sect. Williams sounds like Arius, a man whom he likes. He made a feeble effort to discredit Newman's unveiling of Arius as just another civil servant - like Williams.