This question was posed at Adrienne’s Corner http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2012/01/is-rick-santorum-real-catholic.html#disqus_thread and this is my response.
Is Rick Santorum a “real” Catholic? Is Romney a “real” Morman? Is Paul a “real” Baptist? Is Newt Gingrich a “real” Roman Catholic? I guess that depends on what you consider “real”. Is there a difference between “real” and “true”? Any one of us can be a “real” (insert religion) but are we “true” to our faith? I’m a Christian, albeit not necessarily a good one, does that make me a “real” Christian but not a “true” Christian?
Was President Kennedy a “real” Catholic? Maybe but not necessarily a “true” Christian based on some of his actions. I remember when, prior to his election, that the talk was that a Catholic WOULD never be President, this country simply wouldn’t allow such a thing. No way would we allow ourselves to be ruled by the Vatican which we (American people) believed was far worse than being ruled by the UN.
As an aside, we always said we would never elect a Muslim President.
In my Irish Protestant family all Catholics should be destroyed and the sooner the better. My Mother became the black sheep upon marrying a Catholic and then things went from bad to worse when one of my Aunts married a Jew, oh, the wailing and crying that went on in my family. Bringing a Catholic into my family was a huge no no and even though the family always spoke of support for Israel, it belied their true feelings about Jews in general for that was almost as big a no no as being a Catholic. So were they “real” Christians?
Religion is man made, religion does not come from God. I say that because if religion came from God then everyone would interpret God’s word the same instead of interpreting it to suit their own agenda’s.
As far as Santorum is concerned, he could very well be a “real” Catholic but some of his actions don’t show him as a “true” Catholic. I don’t want a President who is going to impose his religious opinions on me as if they were the gospel itself. It’s also not right for a President to legislate morality from the oval office which is what Santorum would like to do.
“I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money”
In a state that’s 91% white, only black people are on welfare? Talk about playing to the crowd.
Ron Paul gets shit over a 20 yr old newsletter for articles he didn’t even write but Santorum gets a pass on a 2011 speech?