In Australia where many of the debates that have taken place here are heading Cardinal Pell lays down the card for “Catholic” pols:
“If a person says, ‘Look, I’m not a Christian, I’ve a different set of perspectives,’ I disagree but I understand,” he said. “If a person says to me, ‘Look, I’m nominally a Christian but it sits lightly with me,’ I understand that.”
“But it’s incongruous for somebody to be a Captain Catholic one minute, saying they’re as good a Catholic as the Pope, then regularly voting against the established Christian traditions.”
It’s the an awful lot like a “Catholic” college fund-raising as Catholic to the devout while keeping their Catholic identity hidden on campus like an embarrassing scar.
“Hey” you say, people have to follow their conscience don’t they? Well…
The Catholic Church “doesn’t teach the primacy of conscience,” he said, explaining that a person’s conscience doesn’t trump Church teaching. “You know if somebody said apartheid was all right, nobody would say, ‘Yes you can say that because of the primacy of conscience.'”
That’s the kicker, because their conscience is informing them to support liberal causes against the church the media is fine with it.
There are plenty of protestant denominations out there and people can make up their own if they want, but if you are going to be Catholic, BE CATHOLIC.