Friday, February 12, 2016
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND WANT-TO-BE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP DIVIDING A CONQUERING CATHOLICS AS IT CONCERNS THE CHURCH'S MORAL LAW--BE IT ABORTION IN THE CASE OF THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OR IMMIGRATION IN CASE OF THE WANT-TO-BE PRESIDENT--SAME TACTIC OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN
Progressive Catholics side with President Barack Obama on artificial birth control and abortion, both anathema to the Church's moral teachings.
Conservative Catholics side with President Want-to-Be Donald Trump on immigration and want to exclude and marginalize immigrants in the most heinous of ways. Keep in mind that there are major encyclicals as authoritative as Humanae Vitae that spells out the Church's preferential option for the poor and how to approach other social moral issues.
Thus we seen that Catholics who are willing to dissent from the Catholic Church's moral teachings are all in the same boat, be they progressive or conservative--they are at worst, heterodox and at best cafeteria Catholics.
For my part and as an official representative of the Church, I uphold what every convert to the Catholic Church must profess, "I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims, to be revealed by God."
If you promote President Obama's ideology on sex, marriage, divorce, remarriage, artificial contraception and abortion, you are a Democrat who happens to have only a veneer of Catholicism because you reject what is in red above.
If you promote President Want-to-Be' Trump's ideology on immigration, race, and caring for the poor, you are a Republican or independent who happens to have only a veneer of Catholicism because you reject what is in red above.
In terms of trying to divide and conquer Catholics who lean progressive or conservative in politics there is no difference between the president and the want-to-be president. It has been a tried and successful tactic for coloring book catholics of any stripe.