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Ace of Spades Discovers that Rick Santorum is Catholic

And worse, when pressed to discuss the Catholic position on birth control and sexuality, he doesn’t hide in the bushes, but stands for his positions like a man.

Naturally this makes him unacceptable as a Presidential candidate.

The comments explode with the imaginary fear that Santorum is going to outlaw birth control (he isn’t, and said that the government shouldn’t), and general wackiness ensues.

So Ace is either lying back, closing his eyes and thinking of England for Romney, or he’s waiting for that Generic Republican fellow to enter the race.

Confessions of a Bigot

I am a bigot. I am a stupid, antediluvian redneck, bitterly clinging to my guns and god, insufficiently educated to note the distinction between my posterior sphincter and divot in the earth. How do I know this?

Because I do not support gay marriage.

If this reasoning satisfies you, by all means, stop reading here. I just saved you five minutes. I’m a giver.

Continue reading → Confessions of a Bigot

I Agree With E.J. Dionne

And the angel opened up the fourth seal, etc…

Speaking as a Catholic, I wish the Church would be more open on the contraception question. But speaking as an American liberal who believes that religious pluralism imposes certain obligations on government, I think the Church’s leaders had a right to ask for broader relief from a contraception mandate that would require it to act against its own teachings. The administration should have done more to balance the competing liberty interests here.

I am also a Catholic, but I understand the Church’s reasoning behind the contraception teaching as published in Humanae Vitae in 1968, even, as a husband and father, I understand the difficulties in complying with it.

But to expect Obama to wade through the morass of regulatory fineness to secure for Catholic institutions the liberty to be Catholic strikes me as adorably naive. To support the rights of the religious rhetorically wins plaudits, even from the agnostic left. To support them with the weight of the law, well, that takes work.

UPDATE: The Church says “We Will Not Comply” (h/t: KatyPundit).

In it, Catholic leaders went on to say that the Church “cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law,” as it violates the Catholic conscience. Additionally, the church says that it is faced with a difficult decision — either comply and violate its faith or drop coverage for employees and suffer the consequences. The letter urges congregants to take action and to call Congress in an attempt to overturn the regulation.

Yeah, this will end well.

The Big, Bad Catholic Church Strikes Again.

In 1999, the Vatican issued guidelines for exorcisms. Among them was the requirement that a person claiming demonic possession should first be screened by doctors to rule out illness.

In 2012, that fact is used as the premise for a bad movie to trash the Church as “hypocritical,” “bureaucratic,” and uncaring.

Because a religious organization can’t be rational in its approach to the supernatural. It’s like in Science and stuff.

Complicating Just-War Theory

At Catholibertarian: Do the elements added by the U.S. bishops in 1983 to traditional just war criteria help in determining whether a particular war is just?.

I always took the requirement of “a probability of success” to mean that there was a serious and thoughtful plan, in line with other principles, to bring about success quickly. I don’t take it to mean an impossible prescience of what is going to happen. As Hitler put it, going to war is walking into a dark room.

But read the whole thing.

Alan Colmes Loosens His Filter

Rick Santorum’s Catholicism runs to the fervent, and can discompose people whose faith is nominative at best. As one who believes in charity as a divine command, I’m going to offer that as an explanation for Alan Colmes’ cheap shot about Santorum bringing his dead son home in 1996 before taking him to the funeral home. (h/t: Memeorandum). In all likelihood, Colmes simply experienced a visceral reaction to the oddness of treating a dead child like a member of the family, if only to say good-bye.

There is nothing specifically Catholic about saying good-bye to a dead baby, but it comes from the wellspring of Santorum’s faith. A dead child is still, however briefly, a child, a son, a brother. Santorum will always be that child’s father, and he believes implicitly that, should he attain Paradise, his dead son will be there, welcoming him.

Inasmuch as our society regards the dead as waste, to be disposed of with a minimum of fuss, what Santorum did was odd. But I get it. And, after a moments, reflection, Colmes did as well: hence his apology. It would have been better had he reflected for a moment before naming him some kind of a religious nut, but I do not expect such from TV ideologues. In many ways, the Church of Rome is still an alien faith here.