Saturday, April 18, 2015

Politics and Religion

Fernando Botero

Don't mix.

One or two priests online seem to be getting really political - really, really political.  Kind of like a smear campaign in one case.  While the stuff may be true, I'm not sure it's all that appropriate.  For a priest, I mean.

I think Fr. Corapi got rather political towards the end of his religious career too.


  1. What ever happened to him? Corapi, I mean.

    Technically, the IRS prohibition is on statements made from the pulpit advocating for particular candidates. Blogging is a bit different but a priests true mission is to save souls. Preaching the Gospel seems a better means of achieving that goal than engaging in politics. Maybe I missed the part of the Bible where Jesus spoke against Pontius Pilates campaign?

    1. I just think Corapi returned to private life.

      The priest I'm referring to in this post writes a lot of stuff - which is good because he's a writer and has a family to support - nothing wrong with that. He will be part of a seminar headed by Cardinal O'Malley on understanding the pontificate of Pope Francis. The political jib-jabs seems to me to compromise his credibility. Just like Fr. Z when he goes after politician nuns.

      The huge mistake is giving the impression that being Catholic is a political act - that to be Catholic one has to be a member of the right political party. The Church is not a political institution. The Pope is not head of a political party, he's not the leader of an ideology. You know what I'm trying to say.

  2. To be Catholic one must follow church teaching. Priests are better off preaching on morality than getting blogged down in politics.


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