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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

The Rage of Anti-Catholic "Catholics" 

Posted by Oswald at 1:25 PM

The anti-Catholic "Catholics"--those so-called Catholics who reject fundamental dogmas of the Church, her moral teaching on controversial issues, and who seek a fantasy Third Vatican Council to implement their destruction of the Church--are enraged about the progress the Bush campaign has made among Catholic voters.

A recent Pew Center poll gave Bush a seven point margin among Catholic voters. This fact sparks rage and panic among liberal Catholics when compared to the last election in which the Catholic vote split about evenly between the two major parties.

It is not only the Pew poll that has sparked panic. The Republican National Committee has made no secret of its aggressive outreach to Catholics, including a new website called KerryWrongForCatholics.com. In my view, the liberal and radical internal opponents of the Church are sensing that they are losing the political battle.

All of which brings me to a Boston Globe column appearing today by James Carroll. In the column, Carroll attacks the Republicans for questioning the Catholicism of Kerry. The problem is that, like Carroll himself, Kerry embraces anti-Catholic views and stands. Kerry of course favors abortion and unlimited embryonic stem cell research.

In addition, you would also have to be extremely naive to believe that Kerry really opposes the legalization of gay marriage. Kerry will do whatever he can politically to assist the gay activists, and the activists know it. That is why the gay activists are fervent Kerry supporters.

Who is James Carroll? He has recently published a collection of his Boston Globe columns focused on attacking Bush's War on Terror. From the editorial review at Amazon.com for this particular book, you can safely conclude that Carroll is a classic Bush hater. You can also see telltale signs of that obsessive Bush hating in the column published today.

But who really is James Carroll? James Carroll is probably most famous for his book attacking the Church: Constantine's Sword, whose central thesis is that Christianity is anti-Semitic. Let's let Philip Jenkins, a non-Catholic scholar of religion from Penn State University, describe Carroll more fully:

Carroll is simply wrong about anti-Semitism being integral to Catholic Christianity: no direct historical highway leads from the evangelists to Auschwitz. Just as suspect, therefore is Carroll's attempt to discredit traditional Christianity by contextualizing it together with the dreadful crimes of anti-Semitism. He is overpresenting his case in order to justify a "reform agenda" that amounts to a blueprint for the annihilation of the Catholic Church. Much of Carroll's book is devoted to his agenda for a proposed Third Vatican Council, which would cure the Catholic Church of the dreadful faults that have made it a "failed and sinful Church." For all its excellent intentions, its moral fervor, Carroll's book is a frontal attack on Catholic Christianity, and this agenda shapes its interpretations on every page.


Philip Jenkins, The New Anti-Catholicism (Oxford Univ. Press, 2003), p. 190 (emphasis added).

James Carroll is a professional anti-Catholic. As Professor Jenkins, again a non-Catholic, has pointed out, the most prominent anti-Catholics today in the United States claim to be Catholics (see Jenkins, p. 156). Carroll is a prominent leader of that pack.

But Carroll's column serves a good purpose for it proves what I have sensed since Kerry emerged as a prominent Democratic primary candidate. Kerry as a liberal Catholic espousing anti-Catholic stands on crucial issues would harm the Church not only because of his positions on the issues but also as a powerful embodiment of those forces seeking the radical revision of Catholicism.

People would look to a President Kerry and see a quintessential Cafeteria Catholic thumbing his nose at fundamental Catholic teaching and bolstering the sagging internal fortunes of the liberal Catholics.

There has always been a strong connection between what is happening in secular culture and politics and the internal agenda of liberal Catholics. The on-going sexual revolution was and is the most prominent example. So much of the liberal Catholic agenda is merely revising Catholic teaching to match the secular sexual revolution.

So as the results of our presidential elections center more and more on the cultural war gripping this nation, the liberal Catholics have a lot at stake on the outcome. They want a secular culture of unabashed liberalism as the wind at their back as they seek to dismantle Catholicism from within.

The latest polls and the efforts of many faithful Catholics in this election are raising their fears that the wind is dying. And so we see James Carroll striking back, just as we see reckless media efforts to mislead Catholic voters into thinking that a pro-abortion vote is morally permissible in this election. The panic of the liberals is a sign that they fear losing the cultural war.


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Catholics in Political Life U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. June 7, 2004.

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A Time For Honesty, Pastoral Statement by The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark. May 5, 2004.

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Ten questions regarding the denial of the Eucharist, by Barbara Kralis.

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John Kerry, Abortion and the Catholic Church

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John Courtney Murray and the 'Liberal Catholic' Justification of Abortion Investigative report by Christopher Blosser. August 30, 2004.

"Please answer the question, Senator Kerry", The Mighty Barrister. August 2, 2004.

You wouldn't even ask. Fr. Pavone (Priests for Life). July 2004.

Kerry isn't making abortion stand clear, by Raymond J. Keating. Newsday July 27, 2004.

Senator Kerry May Be Human . . . But is He a Person?, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 23, 2004.

Kerry's Catholic Problem, by Brent Bozell. July 7, 2004.

The Body Politic and the Body of Christ: Candidates, Communion and the Catholic Church. Debate btw/ Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and George Weigel. June 23, 2004.

The Kerry challenge, by George Weigel. May 5, 2004.

Rites and Wrongs: Why John Kerry should not take communion, by Philip F. Lawler. Wall Street Journal April 30, 2004.

John Kerry's Catholic Problem", by Cal Thomas. April 26, 2004.

Kerry Distorting Catholic Doctrine. Newsmax.com interviews George Weigel. April 16, 2004.

"Personally Opposed, But…" Five Pro-Abortion Dodges, by Todd M. Aglialoro. Crisis April 1, 2004.

On Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Reagan vs. Reagan and The Stem-Cell Cover-Up, Catholic Kerry Watch, August 14, 2004.

Senator Kerry dismisses religious convictions as "ideology"  Catholic Kerry Watch. August 9, 2004.

Ron Reagan & Functionalism, Revisited, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 29, 2004.

Out of Touch, by Michael Fumento. Refuting Kerry's claims on the use of embryonic stem cells. Citizen Magazine August 2004.

Stem Cell Defection, by Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review August 16, 2004.

Stem Cell Research: Fact Sheets, Letters to Congress and Articles from the USCCB.

On Voting, "Proportionality" and Cardinal Ratzinger's Memorandum

What Ratzinger Said, by James Akin. Sept. 9, 2004.

Bishops Refute Flawed Theology (of Andrew Greeley) Barbara Kralis. August 22, 2004.

Thoughts on Proportionality, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 12, 2004.




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