Saturday, October 15, 2011
MORMONS AND CATHOLICS, SHOULD THEY RUN FOR OFFICE?
GUESS WHO THIS LITTLE STORY IS ABOUT AND GUESS WHO GOT ELECTED:
Several years ago there was an interesting election for governor in Massachusetts. A Mormon was running against a Catholic. It appears that the very secular, almost anti-religious Boston Globe Newspaper had placed its stamp of approval on the Catholic Candidate.
Do you think they approved the Catholic Candidate because she is so thoroughly Catholic? No. The paper had endorsed the Catholic, because the Catholic, apparently is a Cafeteria Catholic unlike her opponent who seems to take his Mormon faith extremely seriously.
The Catholic is pro-choice and had even gone so far as to endorse for Massachusetts same sex marriages. The Mormon on the other hand, true to his religious convictions is opposed to abortion and state recognized and sanctioned same sex marriages. The implication here is that at least in the State of Massachusetts you will get ahead in the world, if you are more loyal to a secularist agenda than to your Church’s agenda.
And more than likely a good number of Catholics who comprise a significant part of the population of Massachusetts will vote for the Catholic, not because she is a loyal Catholic, but precisely because she is not!
And then a Baptist pastor trashes both Mormons and Catholics:
Last Friday, Rev. Robert Jeffress, the Dallas pastor who introduced Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit, spoke derisively about the Mormon faith of Mitt Romney, making the case that “Mormonism is a cult.” Two days later, he chided Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as “false religions.”
Last year, Rev. Jeffress said the Roman Catholic Church was the outgrowth of a “corruption” called the “Babylonian mystery.” He continued, “Much of what you see in the Catholic Church today doesn’t come from God’s word. It comes from that cult-like pagan religion. Isn’t that the genius of Satan?”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue offered these remarks today:
Where did they find this guy? When theological differences are demonized by the faithful of any religion—never mind by a clergyman—it makes a mockery of their own religion. Rev. Jeffress is a poster boy for hatred, not Christianity.
MY COMMENT: It appears that the Boston Globe is more Christian than the good Baptist pastor's understanding of Christianity, at least the Boston Globe endorsed a Catholic to be governor of Massachusetts albeit that Catholic candidate didn't endorse the moral teachings of the Catholic Church unlike the Mormon who allowed his Mormon faith to guide his political platform.
Maybe the Mormon takes serious Vatican II's teaching that the laity should bring their faith to the public square, such as employment, politics and political platforms! Ecumenism at work, Mormon embraces Vatican II! Now if we could only get Catholics to do the same!