Friday, April 21, 2006

Catholics as Non-Ideologues --
Over at Mirror of Justice, Michael Scaperlanda asks:

1. Is my perception correct? Is the Catholic Church the only (or at least the only large) religious institution that consistently takes positions on both sides of America's ideological divide. If not, what are the other ones?

2. If my perception is correct, why is this?

1. Possibly. I think there are some isolated issues. Some black Protestant churches, I would guess, take positions consistent with the liberal, Democratic side on race relations and economic justice, but are theologically conservative and oppose homosexuality.

2. The Catholic Church is an international organization not beholden to American politics. American Protestants are generally Americans first and Protestants second. They choose their particular denomination based on pre-existing opinions that also inform political beliefs.
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