After Sowing the Wind, Cardinal Dolan Is Reaping the Whirlwind

By: Saturday August 18, 2012 9:00 am

After the invitation went out to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to speak at the annual “Al Smith Dinner” — a huge Roman Catholic charitable fundraiser in New York City, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has been getting slammed by the Catholic right wing. Given how the USCCB has been ratcheting up the rhetoric against Democrats (especially Roman Catholic Democrats) for years, no one should be surprised at this reaction. As the prophet said, those who sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind.

I hope Cardinal Dolan likes the breeze.

 

Kansas, Rick Santorum, and Purity Catholics

By: Saturday March 10, 2012 9:04 am

Rick Santorum — a pious Roman Catholic — has gotten knocked for losing the Catholic vote to the Mormon Mitt Romney, but those who note this generally take a simplistic view of “the Catholic vote.” They confuse the positions taken by the bishops with the positions embraced by rank and file Catholics, and wonder why Santorum doesn’t get more Catholic votes. Hint: maybe it’s because lots of Catholics disagree with their bishops. See “contraception” and “divorce and remarriage.”

That said, Rick Santorum is poised to win the Kansas caucuses today, and if he does, it will be because of the support of the conservative “purity Catholics” that are more numerous in Kansas than other parts of the US church. And in a caucus state, you can be sure that they’ll turn out.

Come Saturday Morning: The Purity Obsession

By: Saturday September 10, 2011 6:45 am

It occurs to me that in fact the self-styled sensible types are not arguing against “purity” but the progressives’ right to exist, much less speak out.

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