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  •  Tipped and rec'd. Nice, fair summary. (28+ / 0-)

    Every time I see a diary with Catholic in the title, I cringe, expecting uninformed flames. But this one is very nice.

    Of everything in the diary, the point that leaped out for me is that he is part of a group that supports a "consistent" ethic of life. That's liberal Catholicism. That's where I'm at.  And that's exactly opposed to the Evangelicals.

    What does that mean?  It means opposition to war.  Opposition to torture. Opposition to the death penalty.  A nuanced view on abortion (I don't know how Diaz would say it, but I myself assert that I'm both pro-life and pro-choice). Opposition to social injustice. Opposition to euthanasia. Support for science. And so forth.

    •  Concur Timaeus , It also helps me believe in .... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...  the evolution of American politics to a higher state of consciousness.

      Emptiness ... is always bigger ... than you remembered.

      by abarefootboy on Thu May 28, 2009 at 08:29:05 AM PDT

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    •  And he has the education to explain these........ (3+ / 0-)
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      positions to the Vatican so that there is an understanding between the parties whether the Church agrees or not.

    •  its nice. I like it that the Obama Admin (4+ / 0-)
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      recognizes that people of faith can (and are) larger than the petty wedge issues that have predominated any discussion of religion and politics. This is LONG TEERM insurance against the GOP but also (thankfully) realigns what it means to be a person of faith or in our society, a follower of Christ.

      I am ever hopeful that those on the left who are non religious can continue to take the example of Obama and others and tone down some of the hostility toward religion that has come as a result of it being used hypocritically and cynically by the GOP.  There's so much room in the progressive tent. I'm so glad to see this developing.

      •  I think you'll see a change in non-religious (1+ / 0-)
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        opinion of religion when the leaders change, as is inevitable.  I was just talking to my wife about this in a non-Kos-related discussion. She's pretty devout in her Romanian Orthodox beliefs. I have immense respect for her beliefs and those of my religious but non-wingnut relatives, even though I don't share them. It's the radicalism of a lot of protestant and some catholic (donahoe and monaghan to name a couple) leaders that create the hostility.

        The hostility of people here and in the meat world toward religion isn't really against religion so much as against religious leaders. When the leaders become more like Mr. Diaz and less like dobson and donahoe, you'll see a lot less hostility.  That day is coming.

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Thu May 28, 2009 at 10:04:29 AM PDT

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