The Tea Party and Catholicism are Incompatible

24 Jan

Gadsden-FlagMany Catholics have felt alienated and betrayed by both the Republicans and the Democrats for many years now. This is not just an observation, but a fact. However, we learned a lesson yesterday about the Tea Party that should give every single one of the practicing Catholic supporters serious pause enough to re-evaluate whether a practicing Catholic can support the Tea Party.

Stop for a moment and rethink your position if you support a party that is not committed to supporting life, but rather is more concerned with changing the movements of small green pieces of paper. Why do they have that focus? Because we let them have it, by voting for them even though they did not declare their support for life as the primary objective.

Tea Party is not PRO-LIFE, and never have been. They take “no official stand” on social and moral issues. They are happy to let you mislead yourself in irrational exuberance if you are Pro-Life. You need to understand that they cannot win without Pro-Life support. However, they are Pro-Abortion as far as I’m concerned and my concern was proven yesterday.

I’m much more worried about human lives than the unhappy movements of little green pieces of paper. Further, if you are not against abortion, then you are not for life. You are just a moral coward refusing to take a stand. If you had told me before yesterday that a Republican (and Tea Party Congresswoman from NC) would be the new face of “Abortion Barbie” I would have laughed at you. I thought they understood. I was sure one look out their windows or congresses doorway at the hundreds of thousands (650,000-800,000) marching and praying from across the country on a weekday would send a message they could not ignore. I thought the fact that a large majority of the marchers were women and young people would make a statement. Guess what – they did not understand – and they refused to face the music with Abortion Barbie running after the vote. They marginalized our faith in God, in Moral Truth, and in their promises – and reneged on the passing of the bill at the last minute.

There was no rioting, looting, or threats. Complete order was maintained and the March for Life continued. In 2 years when the elections are held, do not think for an instant that this moment of betrayal will be forgotten. Just because we are not violent or disorderly does not mean we lack conviction. What it does mean is that we have discipline and deep conviction. This betrayal was a mistake to be dealt with at the ballot box at each and every election.

“But they passed another bill stopping funding…”

Yes they did, that same restriction has been in place since Ronald Reagan in the 80’s. More importantly – no matter what they passed the president is going to VETO it. We knew that going in. We wanted a statement about the sanctity of LIFE and the DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON. What we did not want was a statement about reducing “funding”…. That was not the point.

The Republican Party itself showed extreme disunity and disorganization on this key issue of LIFE which IS part of their official platform. It is the fault of pro-life people who do not confirm the pro-life credentials of the representation they elect. It is also the Catholics and other Christians who allow their concerns about small green pieces of inanimate paper to trump the concern for the life of a child.

Think about it, pray about it, and remind your elected representatives that human life is more important than financial goals. Remind them that we must see real effort, not last minute moral abdication. Remind them that the bait and switch tactics on legislation will be remembered at the next election and followed through on.

We threw the last set of congressmen out of office in the elections sweep – we can do it again in 2 years, but only if we are a force to be reckoned with who are willing to put human life above all other considerations. Together we can do great things. Disparate and passive, we are reduced to an inconsequential demographic that will be pandered to at election time. Test our resolve on Protecting Life, and you will fail.

Keep Praying, and remember that PROTECTING LIFE trumps everything when it comes time to vote.

Pax Christi,

Colin

 

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3 Responses to “The Tea Party and Catholicism are Incompatible”

  1. David Wanat January 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    Well said. I think there’s an unfortunate tendency to equate a certain political viewpoint with Catholic teaching, when we actually need to evaluate all political viewpoints by our religious beliefs.

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  2. Gus Barbarigo February 2, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    There is more overlap between the Tea Party and pro-life than you think. Many Tea Partiers are as shocked as you by the GOP betrayal on the 20-week ban. Even though none of the major political movements now are Catholic enough, I think there is more reflective of the Gospel in the Tea Party than the GOP at large, and certainly more than the Dems.

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    • Colin Corcoran February 2, 2015 at 11:59 am #

      I agree, but that reflection of the Gospel is not included in the Tea Party’s official platform. There is no recognition of a right to life for the unborn, and many of their fiscal policies while laudable in their goals fail to recognize the dignity of the human person in their statements on fiscal responsibility – it is a notable absence. The cave in on abortion was to be expected if one reads their official platform – as fiscal conservancy trumps all. I do not worship money, and it must be secondary to life and dignity. The two are compatible only if they reflect respect for human life and dignity. When they add that to the top of their platform, call me. Until then, their betrayal just proves that there is a disconnect where people think it is just about finances while those supporting them think other things are automatically included. Even the GOP participated in abandoning the anti-abortion plank. They need to learn a hard lesson. Call me when they’re in keeping with Catholic Theology and Goals and I’ll issue an update gladly, but I’m not holding my breath.

      Sincerely,
      Colin

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