The public discourse surrounding the presidential election this fall has brought to light many disparaging comments from both of the major candidates — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Recently, it was expanded to include members of the campaign. This was quite evident in the various remarks concerning the nature of some Catholics and their participation in the election cited in the WikiLeaks posts of private emails made public.
John Podesta, who heads Clinton’s presidential campaign, maintains he is a devout Catholic. Yet he stated in one missive: “There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages [sic] dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.”
The bottom line was perhaps stated by John Halpin, another Clinton adviser and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress: “It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”
In light of these remarks, a thoughtful person can ask: Why is attachment to systematic thought a bastardization of the Catholic faith?
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