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Santorum and Opus Dei

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In describing his nauseated response to John F. Kennedy's famous speech to the Houston ministers, Rick Santorum made clear that he believes a politician's religious faith should not be bracketed off from his public life. And for that reason, such faith should, in his view, be fair game for public inquiry. In an opinion column for the Philadelphia Inquirer back in 2007, he responded to Mitt Romney's Kennedy-lite speech on religion by distinguishing fair from foul:

[Romney] tried to address the questions by discussing Jesus, suggesting that the specific theological tenets of Mormonism are not in any important respect different from those of traditional Christianity. I disagree. However, voters should use extreme caution in factoring theological tenets into their assessment of a candidate's qualifications, because theological tenets, as opposed to moral tenets of a religion, transcend reason - consider, for example, the virgin birth.

But, it is fair to look at a candidate's faith from the standpoint of its moral teachings or, as Catholics say, its "social teaching."

Fair enough. Why, then, should Santorum's campaign repeatedly refuse comment on the candidate's relationship to the conservative Catholic order Opus Dei for the Washington Post's story on the subject yesterday? The Catholic Church is a big place, and the social teachings purveyed in different parts of it vary widely. If Santorum had a longstanding connection to the Catholic Worker, his views on pacifism and radical economic egalitarianism would be subject to inquiry. With Opus Dei, laissez-faire economics and the separation of church and state are on the table. Never mind that the order insists that it "promotes only the teaching of the Catholic Church, and has no views of its own on politics, economics, or social matters." Santorum echoes the views of its founder, Josemaria Escriva, to whom he is sufficiently devoted to have attended a conference in Rome in 2002.

Or consider the Rev. Marcel Guarnizo, who was recently removed from his position as an associate pastor in a Gaithersburg, Md., church for denying communion at a funeral mass to the lesbian daughter of the deceased. In a talk in Slovakia in 2008, Guarnizo "called for moving 'away from secular political democracy or political liberalism' in order to 'usher in what I would call post-secular democracies,'" according to the Washington Post. While not a member of Opus Dei, Guarnizo studied theology at the order's university in Rome.

The point is not find Santorum guilty by association with Opus Dei. It's that if he won't talk about it, then association is all journalists have to go on. He insists that it is legitimate to ask questions about the religious basis of a candidate's social views. So how about some answers?

Topics: Politics, Election
Tags: opus dei, santorum

Comments

  1. The secrecy that surrounds Opus Dei is creepy, as is their focus on separate entrances and gathering spaces for men versus women. Never mind the self-flagellation bit using a spiked metal belt or chain for said purpose on sale at http://www.cilice.co.uk Go to. the discussion forums and click on Opus Dei.

    He does not accept evolution, and pushes intelligent design as part of science.

    Rick Santorum is downright scary, and his self-righteousness obnoxious. If Republicans want a chance at all, Santorum has to go. Bishops would have a branch office at the White House if he ever got in.

    Here is his take from a 2008 speech at Ave Maria University:

    “This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country - the United States of America.

    If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age. There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost two hundred years, once America’s preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers.”
    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/santorum-satan-systematically-destroying-america

     

  2. No one should be surprised about the secrecy that has veiled Opus Dei from the start.  Except for castigating lay people about their private sex lives, you know, abortion, birth control, contraception, these chaste Vatican celibates have always managed Vatican business in the darkest secrecy.  They are immeasurably more experienced and efficient at that dark business than the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency ever imagined being. 

    Not that we are suggesting President Obama entertain any idea of sending our intelligence agents to the Vatican for lessons.  Horrors!  Besides, Vatican secrecy is so powerful, they’d never consider sharing their techniques with any outsiders.

    Catholic Church secrecy filters down from the Vatican to diocesan practices through the bishops.  What do you think the cover-up of the sexual abuse of kids was all about?  Paired with that secrecy is the Vatican conviction that they are only obliged by their own canon laws, that they have no obligation to the laws of any other nation, state, or city. 

    (The Vatican is considered a city-state, thanks to Mussolini and Pius XI. And thanks to President Ronald Reagan, the U.S. raised its recognition to full ambassadorial level.)

    That’s precisely why Catholic bishops ignored reporting any sexual abuse, they were above civil law.  To them, it was never a matter of obstructing justice, they were only using standard church secrecy to avoid scandal about their own clergy.  To hell with the damage done to kids, and later to their families when the sexual abuse horrors were discovered.

    Now, the bishops, certainly under Vatican direction, are continuing to spend billions of the dollars lay people continue put into the collection baskets to pay sleazy, high-priced lawyers and accountants to help them avoid facing up to their sins and crimes against the children of those very people who sit in the pews and won’t put a stop to the madness. 

    It’s all considered, “Pay, pray, and obey.”  And the lay people are being very good about that.  That makes them equally guilty with any clergy who have participated in the abuse or its cover-up, up to and including the Bishop of Rome.

    How can you know that your kid, or any kid, was sexually abused by a Catholic clergyman and do nothing about the continuing cover-up, the brazen lies the bishops are still telling about it?  Cardinal McIntyre, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles is a prime example. 

    Watch the movie “Deliver Us From Evil” and you can see McIntyre lying over and over during depositions taken by victims’ lawyers for crimes committed when he was ordinary of the Diocese of Stockton, CA, and was involved in moving the pedophiles from parish to parish.  That was even before he was transferred to Los Angeles for being such a “good and faithful servant” to the Vatican. 

    Catholic moral theology has a high-sounding name for those lies.  They are called “mental reservations.”  Mental reservations are distortions of facts told to protect evil in the church from being exposed and causing scandal.  Mental reservations are not “sins.”  Huh!  Tell that to Jesus!

    There has recently been a scandalous leak of ugly gossip among various bishops working in Vatican offices, including the archbishop who is now the papal nuncio (ambassador) to the U.S.  It basically involves finances—again. 

    Benedict has recently established an investigative committee to look into the problem and keep it from getting any more public—and scandalous.  As Josef Ratzinger, in charge of the Vatican office responsible for clerical sex criminals, Benedict and his boss, John Paul II, did next to nothing to expose and correct the sins and crimes of sexual abuse or their cover-up.  Those kids didn’t matter, they were only expendable lay people.

     

  3. gilhow, minor point:

    You mean Cardinal Roger Mahony (no ‘e’), not Cardinal McIntyre. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Mahony

  4. COLEGIO RETAMAR: OPUS DEI SAME GENDER SCHOOLS PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY AND SAME SEX LOVE. LOVE IS TENDER AND HAS NO GENDER.

    The current POPE FUHRER RATZINGER BIN BUSHITLER who has NO PEDIGREE is responsible for the RAPE of CHILDREN, because of CATHOLIC CHURCH REPRESSION, FUNDAMENTALISM and SLAVERY. FUHRER RATZINGER needs to answer for his CRIMES. He has been crucifying Christ at all the MOMENTS and CIRCUMSTANCES of his LIFE.It has come TRUE that CHRIST has been CRUCIFIED because he was a CRUSADE or a WARLIKE, having the GUN on his SHOULDERS, making GUERILLA WARFARE with his GUERILLA BAND. At the same time, he was addicted to SEX and SEXUALITY. The ABSENCE of his FATHER at the CRUCIFICATION shows that he has abandoned his WIFE and he was living with another WOMAN. It has been rumoured that there was a FOCAL POINT of HOMOSEXUALITY among the APOSTLES.
    JOHN PAUL the Second had STRICT RELATIONS with MARCIAL MACIEL who was the SUPREME SYMBOL of HOMOSEXUALTY at the CATHOLIC CHURCH. FUHRER RATZING has practiced the same IDEOLOGY and THEOLOGY in INVISIBLE CASSOCKS and continued the WAY of the OPUS DEI WAY that takes YOU to the 999 WAYS of the HOLY SUPREME and SUBLIMITY MAFIA on the VATICAN IMPERIAL PLANET. It seems that HOLY MARY has been FULL of GRACE, but the POLISH and the GERMAN PASTORS have been FULL of DISGEACE for the WORLDWIDE SPIRITUALITY and a GLORY for the UNIVERSAL SPIRITUAL TERRORISM. Be GLAD and REJOICE HOLY MARY for your SONS who have BUSHITLERIZED and BASTARDIZED the IDEOLOGY and the THEOLOGY of your SON, who proclaimed LOVE EQUALITY.
    LOVE your NEIGHBOUR as you LOVE yourself. YOU should LOVE your BODY before you LOVE anybode else. You have to give your BODY what it NEEDS and what it asks YOU for. LOVE comes out of HUMAN BODY and it does not come from the DIVINITY. Your BODY is a MACHINE of LOVE. It does not RAIN or SNOW LOVE. It is NATURAL that LOVE turns two BODIES into a HUMAN BEING, a HEART that lives in two BODIES and a SOUL that makes its NEST into two SOULS. CHURCH OPPRESSION, REPRESSION, REPULSION and SLAVERY have given a STRAIGHT WAY to CHURCH SEX ABUSES and CLERICAL CHILDREN RAPES. That is the MAJOR HORRORIFYING HUMILIATION for CHRIST, CHRISTANITY and WORLDWIDE SPIRITUALITY. CHURCH has given a LEGAL WAY to the SAME SEX MARRIAGE. There are NO ways out for FUHRER RATZINGER EXCUSES who should be AFRAID of his PRIENSTS to INVADE the VATICAN PLANET and make LOVE with HIM. He has to SUPPLY CONDOMS for his PRIESTS and BISHOPS instead of VAIN EXCUSES and WAILS. PRIESTS reject BREASTS and prefer CHILDREN´S BACKSIDES.  BISHOPS prefer BI SHOPS.

    MOISÉS IBRAHIM: EX PROFESOR de la ESCUELA OFICIAL de IDIOMAS de MADRID. EX SUPERNUMERARIO de la SANTA SUPREMA MAFIA del OPUS DEI. EX REPRESENTANTE de los TRABAJADORES del COLEGIO RETAMAR de MADRID, OBRA CORPORATIVA, LUCRATIVA y CORRUPTIVA del OPUS DEI, ORIGINARIO de FUNDACIONES ILEGALES, según ACREDITAN los DOCUMENTOS. EX EDUCADOR del ILUSTRE COLEGIO RETAMAR durante TREINTA y TRES AÑOS, la MISMA EDAD de CRISTO en la TIERRA, SEDE de SAQUEOS de las ARCAS PÚBLICAS, BUNKER del TERRORÍSMO ESPIRITUAL y CENTRO de MALEDUCACIÓN, donde se EDUCAN ALTEZAS y REALEZAS, concretamente donde he EDUCADO dos GENERACIONES, que en la ACTUALIDAD están OSTENTANDO la SUBLIMIDAD de los PODERES POLÍTICOS, ECONÓMICOS, RELIGIOSOS y DEPORTIVOS en NUESTRA QUERIDA ESPAÑA.

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