I hardly feel one ounce of sympathy for the Catholic Church and the bed they laid in with socialists in America for too many decades to count. It wasn’t hard to envision that they, too, would eventually be consumed by the devil they played with. The Church has been playing the social justice game for a long time and they are now ensnared in their own machinations. I am not sure why they went liberal/progressive and sold out their souls for government dollars, but I suspect the answer is to be found in the usual – follow the money. The Catholic Church had a big heart and wanted to take care of the world but they didn’t have the money to support this “big” heart, so they looked to the government, here and elsewhere. To get those dollars from secular governments they had to compromise some of their core spiritual beliefs, which they did. It didn’t help the Church that they were/are heavily infected with progressive liberals who don’t practice the tenets of the faith. This lack of principles and adherence to their own doctrine enabled the leftists to take over; this included providing cover for the Democrats and their abortion agenda. When you have abortion supporting Democrat politicians who loudly protest that they’re “devout Catholics” and they’re still allowed to take sacred Communion in the church, you have lost the moral high ground. These politicians are doing the devil’s work, and the Catholic Church lets them. American Catholicism’s Pact With The Devil
In the nascent American republic, this principle was codified in its purest form in the First Amendment to the Constitution. But it had additional ramifications as well – for the government’s scope was limited also in other ways. There were other amendments that made up what we now call the Bill of Rights, and many of the states prefaced their constitutions with bills of rights or added them as appendices. These were all intended to limit the scope of the government. They were all designed to protect the right of individuals to life, liberty, the acquisition and possession of property, and the pursuit of happiness as these individuals understood happiness. Put simply, liberty of conscience was part of a larger package.
This is what the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church forgot. In the 1930s, the majority of the bishops, priests, and nuns sold their souls to the devil, and they did so with the best of intentions. In their concern for the suffering of those out of work and destitute, they wholeheartedly embraced the New Deal. They gloried in the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt made Frances Perkins – a devout Anglo-Catholic laywoman who belonged to the Episcopalian Church but retreated on occasion to a Catholic convent – Secretary of Labor and the first member of her sex to be awarded a cabinet post. And they welcomed Social Security – which was her handiwork. They did not stop to ponder whether public provision in this regard would subvert the moral principle that children are responsible for the well-being of their parents. They did not stop to consider whether this measure would reduce the incentives for procreation and nourish the temptation to think of sexual intercourse as an indoor sport. They did not stop to think.
In the process, the leaders of the American Catholic Church fell prey to a conceit that had long before ensnared a great many mainstream Protestants in the United States – the notion that public provision is somehow akin to charity – and so they fostered state paternalism and undermined what they professed to teach: that charity is an individual responsibility and that it is appropriate that the laity join together under the leadership of the Church to alleviate the suffering of the poor. In its place, they helped establish the Machiavellian principle that underpins modern liberalism – the notion that it is our Christian duty to confiscate other people’s money and redistribute it.
At every turn in American politics since that time, you will find the hierarchy assisting the Democratic Party and promoting the growth of the administrative entitlements state. At no point have its members evidenced any concern for sustaining limited government and protecting the rights of individuals. It did not cross the minds of these prelates that the liberty of conscience which they had grown to cherish is part of a larger package – that the paternalistic state, which recognizes no legitimate limits on its power and scope, that they had embraced would someday turn on the Church and seek to dictate whom it chose to teach its doctrines and how, more generally, it would conduct its affairs.
Rush Limbaugh read a large portion of this article today on his show, I suggest strongly that you read the rest, it is exactly what you have known, or felt you have known about the Church. I believe it is why a lot of conservatives have abandoned the Catholic Church for other religions or, as in my case, having abandoned religion all together. I have always heard that it is just the people of that religion that are destroying it ie: and churches have the same people as exists in society, however, I have seen enough religious hypocrisy to last me a lifetime. I suspect God has been aware for some time that men and women in the world are failing faster then at any other time in history except biblical times. We are a dying nation and we have done it to ourselves. I am a believer that we can save ourselves, but only if more of us want God, family, and Country than those who want government.