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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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.