Dr. Liccione on American Catholicism

As per usual, Mike Liccione knocks it out of the ballpark over at Sacramentum Vitae.

With the exception of one hour on Sundays, the lives of most American Catholics are indistinghishable from those of other Americans. On one end of the political spectrum, such Catholicism-in-name-only has for decades been facilitated by clergy—the Drinans, the Hesburghs, the Mahonys—who show by their actions that they consider it more important to uphold the Democratic Party platform than the clear, constant, and irreformable teaching of the Church. That there are so many Catholic Obamabots today is a symptom of that legacy. A good antidote to their rationalizations is Dr. Mark Lowery’s pamphlet “Catholic Voting and the Seamless-Garment Theory”.

A real question I ask myself often as I look at my contemporaries (late 20s, early 30s) is where is the sense of altruism? On the list of priorities that we all have in our minds somewhere, where does the practice of the Catholic Faith rate on most of those lists?

Lately, I am pretty certain I don’t really want to know the answer to that question.


5 Responses to Dr. Liccione on American Catholicism

  1. Tito Edwards says:

    They’ll blabber about “helping the poor” when essentially they are pushing for a socialist society where the government makes your decisions for you with your money. An excellent example of this looniness can be examined over at Vox Nova where contempt for those that actually practice their faith is a badge of honor.

  2. aboriente says:

    Dear Simple Sinner,

    I lament that I am finding so many Catholics who do not understand their Catholic faith. From contraceptives to abortion, it seems that we {in speaking generally} do not understand the truth of the Church’s teaching. Some look at it as an unrealistic diction on how the perfect world should be and stating that this is a fallen world, maintain that charicature does not apply. Most don’t understand that these are issues fundamentally of the DIGNITY of a person.

    We don’t have to look far to preach the Church’s message and the especially the “why” of it. Within our own communities there are people that are lost to this understanding of what the Church is and its role.


  3. Robert says:


    You are right. So much needs to be done to reform the bankrupt intellectual and moral formation which Catholics receive. How can we expect Catholics to be firm in moral conviction when our society and even neglectful pastors have taught indefensible versions of the faith? The prevailing view of religion is that it is unreasonable and irrational. There’s a lot of intellectual groundwork which needs to be done. Apologetics plays no little role in that, for we must clear away misconceptions which lead people to reject the faith. Of course, there are very deep and weighty philosophical questions which come even prior to that which our society badly needs reform on.

    The good news, I think, is that things are turning around– or at least we are at a point where things can be turned around. The Church, in an on an off again retreat, I think has come to a position where she can once again fight the good fight of the faith. What remains is for the rest of us to courageously witness to the faith. We must be martyrs (literally: witnesses), not as Christians often have been martyrs, by blood, but martyrs risking embarrassment, ridicule and reputation. In this regard, please pray for me: may God grant me never to value “respectability” more than the whole Catholic truth! Would-be intellectuals have fewer more dangerous temptations than this. May God save us all from “respectability!”


  4. Mike L says:

    Let’s make a deal: I’ll blogroll this site if you blogroll mine. ;-)


  5. Dr. L,


    For the life of me I have NO IDEA how I overlooked SV in the blogroll. I am an aggregator subscriber and read it religously…


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