WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE “LITE” MORALIST POLITICIANS

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Curt Stoller commented on MITT ROMNEY SINGLEHANDEDLY CREATED SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN MASSACHUSETTSIf one reads any discussion of Mitt Romney’s political position, one will come upon two expressions with great frequency: “his former position” and “his most recent position.” It seems his career contains more different positions than the Kama Sutra. All this is very troubling for orthodox Catholics. Are we to be left with a choice of either Mr. Obama or Mr. Almost Obama?

In an article called “Sin and Salvation,” Pope Benedict XVI bemoaned the fact that the “Repent and believe in the Good News” message has been cut in half with everyone talking about the Good News and the other 50% of Jesus message being tossed in the garbage. A lot of supposedly conservative Catholics seem to be advocates of this “Lite Christianity. ” And this doesn’t bode well for the upcoming elections. I have grave misgivings about Mr. Romney. I’m afraid he is a closet liberal like the former Supreme Court Justice Souter, who seemed like a lamb but turned our to be wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Awhile back I came down with a hospital infection and had to be placed in an isolation ward in the hospital. It was done for my safety and the safety of the others in the hospital. Heresy is a kind of spiritual sickness and I think that heretics need to be isolated for their own good and the good of the church and the world. It is a medical, not a punitive action. Now a lot of people are going to roll their eyes and say I am a terrible extremist. Excommunication is not extremist. Burning people at the stake is extremist. There is a massive infection in the Catholic church. This is not about separating the wheat and the chaff or the sheep and the goats. This is a matter of survival for the Catholic Church so it doesn’t morph into the Anglican church!

Last Sunday during the Homily I got to hear “Lite Catholicism” preached. “Jesus loved sinners?”
Not complete: Jesus loved sinners who realized they were sinners and repented. “Jesus condemned the pious and religious.” No. Jesus condemned the the hypocritical pious and religious. “A sinner on the cross next to Jesus was the first saint canonized by Jesus Himself.” No. A “repentant” sinner of the cross next to Jesus . . .

Liberalism is so entrenched in politics that liberals now have self-insulating arguments against anything conservative. The sad thing is that liberalism in the Catholic Church in America is also well entrenched [since the 1960s] and ever ready with its own self-insulating arguments. Teach anything from Jesus today and you will get: “not based on modern Scripture scholarship.” Teach anything on sin or morality and you will get” “Manichean, not in tune with the insights of modern social sciences.” Teach anything religious and you will get: “overly spiritual and devotional, a sign of psychological immaturity.” Teach anything from Catholic tradition and you will get: “stubborn and afraid of change.”

One of the duties of the Catholic Church is to “convince the world of Sin [Jn 16:8]. You cannot cut out half of the message of Jesus and still call yourself His follower. Saint Francis of Assisi called his brotherhood an order of penance. But the world doesn’t want to hear that. They prefer the Saint Francis who sang songs, walked barefoot in the grass and talked to little birds. But pick up a book written by Saint Francis and boy will you be surprised: penance with a humble spirit, penance with a joyful heart, penance with a love for nature, penance, penance, penance. What ever happened to that?

I’m afraid that Mr. Romney is one of these “Lite” political moralists. We don’t need any more “lite” moralist politicians!!!

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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1 Response to WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE “LITE” MORALIST POLITICIANS

  1. Ignatius Martinus says:

    Excellent comment by Mr. Stoller, a regular here at “Deep Calls To Deep”.

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