New Prolife Catholic is, of course, a euphemism for 'Leftist Catholic'. Unlike liberal Christians - in both Catholic and Protestant traditions - NPLCs tend to have a more traditional spin on the Christian Faith model itself. There are still demons and angels and miracles and real resurrections. The only way to properly live this out, however, is complete and utter devotion to the narratives, policies (and even bigotries and tyrannies) of the political Left.
I learned a couple things during the time I watched the debate. First, much of the modern Left is predicated on 'as long others pay the price, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.' Whatever proposed - free sex, socialism, globalization, government control - everything seems to depend on my willingness to let others suffer and lose their freedoms that I may have stuff.
The other thing I learned is that, in a pinch, if I'm wanting to get my name out in a room full of leftist politicians, yell 'abortion rights!' and I'll get more cheers than an Ohio State touchdown in the Horseshoe.
And this is the party of so many leftist Catholics. Somehow the Catholic Left has managed to turn debatable political policies into sacred dogma, while at the same time making intrinsic evils and sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance a matter of opinion over which we can respectfully agree to disagree.
In fairness, however, this echoes Pope Francis, who also seems to take an 'Eh, who am I to judge?' approach to such things as sexual debauchery in the AIDS era, heresy, and rejection of the Gospel. But bucking economic narratives associated with Marxism? There be the wrath of the Almighty and a yawning Hell awaiting your folly. At least that's the impression I get.
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