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  •  I think we'd come out of it on top (0+ / 0-)
    Then I guess you would have zero problem with the Church denying communion to left wing Democrats because of our support of gay marriage and abortion?
    Most Americans (and more than a few Catholics) for that matter have no problem with gay marriage or abortion.  If the Church pressed them on it, they'd only accelerate their own slide into irrelevancy.  People generally like religion and are prepared to aspire to an ideal self, ideal family, and ideal society ... but only if they're not going to get actively punished for not living up to that ideal.  A Church that offers nothing but obedience, burdens, risks, and guilt would only appeal to a handful of rigorous wealthy people who get to feel extra superior (and it helps that they can buy their way out of anything) and/or true fanatics who simply don't care about themselves.

    OTOH, seeing the Mammon-worshippers and social Darwinists get herded back into line with bishops' croziers would do enormous good for the country and the world ... or at the very least destroy the Catholic Church as a political force for good as the people prepared to use it to advance right-wing causes abandon it and demonize it.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 09:37:38 AM PDT

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