More on Santorum’s Buffet-style Catholicism

The right wing Republican politicians who have been denouncing the requirement that female employees have access to birth control as part of their health benefits as an attack on religious freedom completely ignore the church teachings they don’t agree with. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are both Catholics, and wear their faith on their sleeves, but they are hypocritical in picking and choosing when they wish to listen to the bishops.

via Top Ten Catholic Teachings Santorum Rejects while Obsessing about Birth Control | Informed Comment.

Good stuff, with evidence in links, etc…

The fact is, is that Santorum, like other Christians, has made a habit of picking and choosing what set of doctrinal beliefs he’ll believe and practice.

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10 Replies to “More on Santorum’s Buffet-style Catholicism”

  1. The Methodist churches believe in the Trinity and that Scripture is the Word of God. If a Methodist didn’t believe these, they would be a buffet Methodist?

    Santorum apparently has Our Lady on his side with her spotted beside him at a rally. He will win then!

  2. Are you kidding. I love (not meant in a carnal way) this guy, Juan Cole. His following comment cracked me up.
    “10. The US Conference of Bishops has denounced, as has the Pope, the Bush idea of ‘preventive war’, and has come out against an attack on Iran in the absence of a real and present threat of an Iranian assault on the US. In contrast, Santorum wants to play Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove and ride the rocket down on Isfahan himself.”
    I agree. However, if you remember the pilot of the B-52, Slim Pickens, just before he mounted the nuclear bomb to get it to release… he inventoried his survival pack, in case of ending up in enemy territory. It included chocolate bars and condoms, in case he ran into any friendlies on the ground. So Santorum couldn’t ride the bomb down to Iran, since his backpack would include condoms. He could, however, place an aspirin between his legs, instead of the nuc, and hope the Iranian girls are still friendly, with no headaches.

  3. Speaking as a Roman Catholic myself, I have found it a bit strange and saddening that, at least, in American politics and the Church, so much energy is being spent on the contraceptives debate when it could be directed elsewhere. It has almost [actually, scratch that it has] become a litmus test for where you stand with the Church, deciding whether or not your are a liberal or conserative of some sort and I find that absolutely maddening. Now I as an unmarried man have no real stake in this whole debate, so I can’t testify whether or not I fall into either one of those categories but I want the Church to do and be its best and it disturbs me that at least over here in America, Catholics have been at each other’s throats over this issue, when there are so many other things that make one a Roman Catholic, like seeing the universe a certain way, or appreciating the power of myth and ritual, and etc.

    1. I agree. As a male, I do not really care one way or the other about the contraceptive issue. Although I would think at least 50 % of the population does. I care more about wars that should not have been started, and future wars that make no sense (except to make money for defense contractors and oil companies). That effects 100% of not just our population but the world’s population. The Catholic current official statements on war ought to be followed. I’ll use aspirin for birth control, since I’m shooting blanks anyway. Our war monger politicians should be shooting blanks too.

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