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Of Popes and Protestants

I live in two worlds.  While my conversion to Catholicism is complete, I try to never lose myself and forget where I came from, who I was, or where I began.  It's happened before.  I did on occasion forget my roots, and in those rare circumstances, I had to be reminded, because what I became was not very nice.  Once I was reminded by a bishop, who lovingly and privately brought me back to my senses.  I am grateful to him for this.  I am a Catholic, but I was a Protestant.  My theology is orthodox, but my manner of thinking was trained in the Protestant world.  I look at things differently and I always will.  I have to be honest with myself for who and what I am.  I am a convert, with two feet firmly planted in both worlds, and I can't be any other way.

Perhaps it's because I am accustomed to feeling religiously uncomfortable that I am willing to accept the uncomfortable feeling this latest pope gives us.  The truth is, I haven't felt "comfortable" in a relig…

Pope Responds to Rush Limbaugh

If Rush Limbaugh were to say this Monday that his accusation of Marxism in the papacy provoked a response from the pope himself, he would be 100% right.  Pope Francis responded to the following question in his latest interview with Andrea Tornielli (Vatican Insider)...
TORNIELLI: Some of the passages in the “Evangelii Gaudium” attracted the criticism of ultraconservatives in the USA. As a Pope, what does it feel like to be called a “Marxist”? POPE FRANCIS: “The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.” The term "ultraconservatives in the USA" is umbrella speak for Rush Limbaugh and those who followed his lead in the right-wing media.  If you would like to see Limbaugh's monologue that led to this little exchange between "golden EIB microphone" and the Chair of Peter, I have linked to a video here in a previous article.
In Limbaugh's own words: "this is just pure Marxism coming out…

Rush Limbaugh versus Pope Francis

I include the Rush Limbaugh video above because I want to be fair.  I'm not going to paraphrase Rush Limbaugh here.  I want you to hear his own words.  This is extremely important, because you see, Rush Limbaugh is wrong about some things here, and he's making some pretty profound judgements against not only Pope Francis, but Catholic social teaching in general, going back over 120 years!

Worse than that, Rush Limbaugh has the largest talk show following in the United States, with at least 15 million regular listeners.  So now that this heavyweight has thrown his hat into the ring, the battle lines are clearly drawn.  What this man said will reverberate through other conservative talk show syndications as well, and before the week is done, we can expect somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20 to 30 million people in the United States believing that Pope Francis is a Marxist.  Priests and bishops be warned, you're going to have a very serious problem on your hands before 2013…