As a practicing and faithful Catholic, I find the Democrats’ 2020 presidential ticket insulting. Here’s why. Joe Biden is what we call a heretical or cafeteria Catholic. He says he’s a Catholic, and brags about his Catholic heritage, but when it comes to what the Catholic Church actually teaches on moral issues, he picks and chooses what to believe, as if it were a salad bar. Kamala Harris is an anti-Catholic bigot, who thinks the Knights of Columbus is some sinister hate group that hurts women and gays, while she confirms federal judges who want to persecute nuns. Put this dynamic duo together, and the message the Democrats are sending to America’s Catholics is crystal clear. “The only good Catholic is a bad Catholic,” meaning one who doesn’t actually believe or practice the whole faith. If you oppose the Church, ignore its teachings, and actively persecute those who are faithful, then you’re okay. The Democratic Party will not only tolerate you, but it will nominate you for president. If, however, you actually believe the faith, follow its teachings, and practice it in your daily life; well, not only are you unfit for any federal office, but you should be legally punished as well.
Yes, the message is crystal clear. By putting a heretical and cafeteria Catholic at the top of the ticket, and an objectively anti-Catholic at the bottom of the ticket, the writing is on the wall. The only good Catholic is a bad Catholic. I guess the DNC has decided that being Catholic is tolerable, just so long as a Catholic really doesn’t believe that stuff. I mean, obviously we can’t help it if we’re Catholic. It’s sort of like being Jewish, right? You either are or you aren’t, right? It’s not our fault that we’re in the wrong religion. So the DNC won’t hold that against us. Just so long as we don’t actually believe Church teaching, and we’re willing to persecute those who do, it looks like there is plenty of room for us under the big-tent of the Democratic Party.
Yep. Message received! Loud and clear!!!
Joe Biden is the quintessential cafeteria Catholic. He’s a total heretic. He disagrees with the Church’s teachings on contraception, abortion and same-sex “marriage.” So he just chooses not to follow them. He goes to Mass, carries a rosary in his pocket, and presents himself for communion. But he wants the Faith on HIS terms, not God’s. He knows better than the Church, or so he thinks, telling God the real difference between right and wrong. Old Creepy Joe is not alone. There are millions of Catholics out there like him. But the Democratic Party has made it clear now that these are the ONLY type of Catholics welcome under their “big tent.” Faithful Catholics need not apply. They’ll make room for us, but only if we’re willing to give up certain things. Only if we’re willing to sell out on some very important Church teachings. Then, and only then, will the tent be open to us. Old Creepy Joe is the example. Just follow him, and you too can climb the ladder of success in the DNC.
Kamala Harris, on the other hand, now she’s really something. She confirmed federal judges who want to prosecute nuns that refuse to purchase birth control pills in their health insurance plans. She worked to close Catholic hospitals that don’t join her union allies. She has failed to prosecute pederast priests who pray upon teenage Catholic boys, contributing to the internal corruption of the Catholic Church. Then, during U.S. District Judge Brian Buescher’s confirmation hearing, she asked him if he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, insinuating that this is a bad thing which disqualified him from federal office. Then she implied that she might withhold her vote for, or against, him until after he resigned from the organization and repudiated it. The line of questioning revolved around abortion and same-sex “marriage,” which Harris militantly supports. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic organization which requires its members to support Catholic teaching. So her line of questioning was not so much about the fraternal organization itself, as it was about the teachings of the Catholic Church. She was clearly saying, in no uncertain terms, that if you actually believe what the Catholic Church teaches, you’re unfit to hold public office.
By nominating this pair for president and vice president, I don’t see how the message of the Democratic Party could be more clear. Catholicism sucks! But if you’re a Catholic, we won’t hold that against you, just deny your Church’s teachings and you can be one of us.
How is this not offensive? How is this not insulting?
If you’re a Catholic, and you’re still a part of this political party, you’re part of the problem. By remaining a member, you’re sending the party leadership a clear message that this kind of condescending and bigoted garbage is okay. Why would you do that? Why would you betray your fellow Catholics this way? Are you a traitor to your faith, your own people? Why have you sided with the anti-Catholics?
Get out of that anti-Catholic party now!
History is not on their side.
Shane Schaetzel is an Evangelical convert to the Catholic Church through Anglicanism and was trained as a catechist through the University of Dayton – a Catholic Marianist Institution. Shane’s articles have been featured on LifeSiteNews, ChurchMilitant, The Remnant Newspaper, Forward in Christ, and Catholic Online. Shane is an author of Catholic books, which can be read here.