Rick Santorum: Priest? Hardly – President? Definitely Not

As the Huffington Post reported, Rick Santorum has declared there is no such thing as a liberal Christian:

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“When asked if he believed Obama is a “sincere liberal Christian,” the former Pennsylvania senator said he didn’t believe that sort of ideology exists, and that Obama’s church, United Church of Christ in Chicago, had “abandoned Christendom” and used a non-literal interpretation of the Bible.

“I don’t think there is such a thing,” he said of Obama as a liberal Christian. “To take what is plainly written and say that ‘I don’t agree with that, therefore I don’t have to pay attention to it,’ means you’re not what you say you are. You’re a liberal something, but you’re not a Christian.”

It must be a tremendous burden for Rick Santorum to be so perfect and all-knowing. Tell me again, who’s the head of the Catholic church? According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, that would be the Pope.

“The title Pope, once used with far greater latitude…is at present employed solely to denote the Bishop of Rome, who, in virtue of his position as successor of St. Peter, is the chief pastor of the whole Church, the Vicar of Christ upon earth.”

Those on the Extreme Religious Right however, when not being spoken to directly by God, (a frequent occurrence by their accounts) view themselves as His embodiment. In Santorum’s case, as The Christian Left points out, (you know- the not really Christian Christians) he is:

“…A man who elevates himself above the head of his own church…”

Faith in Public Life sets out how Santorum’s views differ from the Catholic Church, for example:

[While Santorum condones the use of torture, the church has declared]“The use of torture must be rejected as fundamentally incompatible with the dignity of the human person and ultimately counterproductive in the effort to combat terrorism.”

“Catholic leaders have called for an earned path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and consistently oppose draconian policies that break up families. Santorum has publicly challenged the Catholic bishops on this issue, telling the Des Moines Register: “If we develop the program like the Catholic bishops suggested we would be creating a huge magnet for people to come in and break the law some more, we’d be inviting people to cross this border, come into this country and with the expectation that they will be able to stay here permanently.”

On the contrary, the “magnet” is U.S. companies who are breaking the law on a daily basis with impunity, but to continue:

“While Catholic bishops defend vital government programs that protect the most vulnerable, Santorum recently voiced support for Rep. Paul Ryan’s immoral federal budget plan—a plan the bishops expressed deep concern about because it would cut life-saving programs while spending trillions on massive new tax breaks for the rich. Even worse, Santorum said that the poor who receive government aid could learn by suffering more. When questioned about how his economic views clash with the Catholic demand for a “preferential option for the poor” in public policy, Santorum was completely unfamiliar with this bedrock Church teaching.”

Rick Santorum is not the only politician wrapping himself in religion to support a political ideology; recent Catholic convert Newt Gingrich is campaigning as though the Catholic Church has ordained him as opposed to baptising him.  Catholics John Boehner and Paul Ryan on the other hand, have cherry picked religious doctrine in legislating, with the complicity of Archbishop Dolan.

In a letter to Congress in July of last year however, the Conference of Catholic Bishops had this to say:

“The moral measure of this budget debate is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless or poor are treated. Their voices are too often missing in these debates, but they have the most compelling moral claim on our consciences and our common resources.”

Isn’t it odd that “Christian” politicians are so well versed and vocal regarding religious doctrine when it suits them, yet deafeningly silent when it doesn’t.

That folks is precisely why – you are either a religious leader or a politician, you cannot be both; they are oil and water.

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