There is something in me that likes James Carville. I’m not sure exactly what that is. I certainly do not agree with all of his political views, but I’m sure he’s a really nice and likable guy.
When he says silly things like this, however, I think someone needs to tell him to put a sock in it. Sorry if that was not nice, but… Please, Jim, just stick to politics.
A friend of mine once told me that politics is the thing we talk about the most and know about the least. I am not afraid to admit that his comment was probably aimed directly at me. He might as well have told me, “Just put a sock in it, Jim.” I have been called to task on some of my political statements, even here on this blog. So maybe I need to apologize. Alright, I’m sorry.
I am sorry that the legalized slaughter of infants in their mother’s womb is, de facto, a political topic in this country and that I cannot restrain myself from expressing my views on the matter. I am sorry that so-called social justice Catholics in Carville’s “Let us love one another” camp don’t see the contradiction in using the Gospel in this way to justify their adherence to a political party that actively promotes abortion as a woman’s reproductive right. I’m sorry that so many people are still ignorant about the implications of the HHS Mandate and that this is why I feel the need to get political sometimes.
We are told not to mix religion and politics. If we are associated with some religious organization, we are told to stay out of politics. Yet we are also told that Jesus actually would have supported the political party that openly opposes Church teaching on countless issues and the saddest part of all is that the most vocal among the ones who attack the Church and the Bishops in this country are political Catholics.
Once again, Pope Benedict recently made a very timely statement regarding detractors within the Church. I need to include a caveat and a disclaimer here. I am not comparing anyone with Judas — I mean that. I realize how harsh that comparison is. Please, understand my point is that more people (certainly some Catholic public figures) need to listen to what the Pope is saying and think very hard about it. What would be the best thing for them to do?
“Judas. Judas could have left, as many of the disciples did; indeed, he would have left if he were honest. Instead he remained with Jesus. He did not remain because of faith, or because of love, but with the secret intention of taking vengeance on the Master. Why? Because Judas felt betrayed by Jesus, and decided that he in turn would betray Him. Judas was a Zealot, and wanted a triumphant Messiah, who would lead a revolt against the Romans. Jesus had disappointed those expectations. The problem is that Judas did not go away, and his most serious fault was falsehood, which is the mark of the devil. This is why Jesus said to the Twelve: “One of you is a devil” (John 6.70). We pray to the Virgin Mary, help us to believe in Jesus, as St. Peter did, and to always be sincere with Him and with all people.” — The Pope’s Angelus Message, Sunday, August 26, 2012
If you would like to respectfully disagree, I welcome your opinion. If you think I should stay out of politics, please tell me why.