This is not a political blog and I usually don't write about politics. But yesterday I saw this post at America magazine saying that Palin is guilty of apostasy! The reason? Apparently she was baptized in the Catholic Church. When she was 12 her parents left the Church and brought her with them.
If you think it odd that America would be discussing apostasy, consider the conclusion drawn:
"For the rest of us, it is beyond hypocritical for certain conservative Catholics to denounce Joe Biden because he is Catholic and does not support making abortion illegal while applauding a self-described 'hockey Mom' who is skating close to apostasy. The Church's sacramental traditions and beliefs are as worthy of respect and defense as our moral traditions and beliefs.”
OK, now I get it. We have to be concerned about Palin's supposed "apostasy" because this supposedly levels the playing field in regard to what other Catholic politicians do about abortion. In other words, there's no moral difference between a 12-year old following what her parents tell her about religion, and an adult senator supporting abortion rights, thus cooperating in that evil.
To be sure, I hope and pray that one day Governor Palin will return to the fullness of the faith. But her unfortunate departure from the Catholic faith is totally irrelevant to the question of voting.
Yes, the Church's "sacramental traditions and beliefs are as worthy of respect and defense as our moral traditions and beliefs.” But there's a difference between them when it comes to public policy.
The state has an obligation to protect and defend human life, including the life of the innocent unborn. When it fails, politicians need to act to insure life is protected. That is why the question of a politician's stand on abortion is so important to consider when voting.
But whether or not a politician believes in the Real Presence, or the infallibility of the Pope, or any other article of the Creed, is not relevant to public policy. I don't foresee Congress voting to define any dogmas, do you? Are we supposed to give politicians a test on the Catholic Catechism before we cast our vote? If that were the case, there would be no one at all to vote for!