Ok, who said it?
??…I pray like a lawyer. I try to make a deal — get me out of this jam, and I??ll start going back to church.??
??My religious affiliation, my religious practices and the degree to which I am a good or not-so-good Catholic, I prefer to leave to the priests,??
Those of you who guessed Republican Presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani give yourselves a hand. Sadly, these statements could come from just about any “catholic?? politician. “catholics?? like Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and good “ol Dick Durbin all belong to the hey-I-don??t-let-my-religious-beliefs-interfere-with-my-work crowd. These folks all have quite questionable moral and ethical “public?? values. No wonder the Holy Father calls this the age of Moral Relativism.
When I hear “catholic?? politicians proudly proclaim their religious independence by stating they don??t let their “personal beliefs?? sway their duties to the citizens I??m reminded of a scene in A Man for All Seasons where Thomas More proclaims, ??I think that when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.?? I don??t know if St. Thomas actually uttered those words but it sure sounds like something a saint would say.
The sad thing is an AP poll (about the only time you can trust the AP is to Catholic bash) from June/July shows that about 25% of catholics support Mr. Giuliani with a further 22% not quite sure. Catholics need to wake up to these politicians who surrender their “private?? consciences and allow public duty to control their moral values. I, for one, don??t wish to see our country led (further) into chaos by the luke warm nor do I wish to see their souls so endangered with public scandal and misrepresentation of the Faith.
Wasn??t there something in the New Testament about luke warm catholics? Oh yes,
But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. – Apocalypse 3:16 (Douay-Rheims)