Alexandria Ocasio Cortez: The New Face of the Church, Versus Its True Face, by Jason Jones and John Zmirak

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Flickr/nrkbeta and Wikimedia Commons/William Brigham Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, and Saint Damien, right.

By Jason Jones and John Zmirak, Senior Contributors to The Stream, August 7, 2020

Jason Jones is a senior contributor to The Stream. He is a film producer, author, activist and human rights worker. You can follow him at @JasonJonesShow… John Zmirak is a senior editor at The Stream, and author or co-author of ten books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. …

Jason Jones & John ZmirakLast week, a writer at the leftist magazine The National Catholic Reporter called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the new face of the Catholic Church. Of course, her support for abortion right up through birth and same sex marriage raises some immediate questions in our minds. But before we consider those points, let’s step back for a moment. What does it even mean for the Church to have a whole new face? Are we putting our faith and our souls at risk when we let them drift with the culture, and follow political winds wherever they blow?

Every generation of Christians faces a test of faith. The challenges can be different, depending on circumstance. In one era, the greatest temptation can be toward intolerance and pride. Proud Christians wielding power can use their faith as a club to terrorize non-believers, hunt witches, or persecute “heretics.” …