Fr. Dwight Longenecker: What Would a Truly Catholic Politician Look Like?

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By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, March 5th, 2020

With the rise of Uncle Joe Biden the American public is being presented yet again with a Catholic politician who professes to keep his faith private, while exploiting his Catholic faith whenever he and his PR professionals think it expedient. Joe Biden seems like one of the old school “Kennedy Catholics” who go to church on Sunday and cut deals with the mafia on Monday, hobnob with the Bishops in smoky rooms on Tuesdays and schmooze lobbyists to get their family members cushy jobs on Wednesday. On Thursday they figure out what element of tricky Catholic teaching they can jettison to get a few more votes and on Friday eat fish at a swanky seafood restaurant because they’re Catholic. On Saturday they hang out with some top end billionaires and on Sunday they go to Mass at the parish of one of their favorite monsignors.

Instead of ranting against the Joe Bidens of this world, I got my imagination rolling to visualize what a truly Catholic politician would look like. First, he would be unapologetic about his Catholic faith. Like Hilaire Belloc, who when running for Parliament came out fighting. Joseph Pearce tells the story here:  ….

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