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  •  I grew up RC, attended catholic schools (12+ / 0-)

    during the liberation theology era of the 70s and early 80s.  It was emphasized that faith must be accompanied by works of mercy.  It was our duty as catholics to care for one another, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc.  We were following the lessons of Jesus.  Faith without works is a hollow faith.

    My fear, Father, is that today's RCC, with some exceptions, has become so hardcore right in its ideology that we have lost what was such an important part of my spiritual development - that of service to the poor and misfortunate.  Dogma is trumping the gospels, and many RCs, many well to do, are taking the position of the rabid religious right - that poverty and misfortune is brought upon oneself.  It's disgusting.  I am no longer a RC, but I have never given up those early lessons of love and compassion.

    BTW, do you know Fr. John McNamee in Philadelphia?  It was he who taught me about Dorothy Day, the Berrigan Brothers, Pax Christi and the CWM.  An amazing man who, though now retired, lives the gospels everyday in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Philly.

    Honest to gawd - every time I hear a republican speak, I get a headache in my eye.

    by TigerMom on Sun Sep 18, 2011 at 11:14:13 AM PDT

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    •  In the 1960's, (4+ / 0-)
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      it was the nuns who taught me "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me."  Now all the "good Catholics" are Republicans.

      "Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." - John Steinbeck

      by Bulldawg on Sun Sep 18, 2011 at 11:21:38 AM PDT

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