Santorum & Opus Dei

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is often assumed by the media, the general public, his supporters, his opponents, and evangelicals to be an evangelical.  He isn’t.  He is a Roman Catholic.  In fact, he is really, really Catholic, a fellow-traveller with Opus Dei, an organization that some say is more Catholic than the Pope.  This article gives the details of his pilgrimage to an ever-stricter Catholicism:  Rick Santorum’s journey to devout Catholicism, view of religion in governance – The Washington Post.

 

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SKPeterson

    So, a Roman Catholic who thinks his Catholicism should inform his vocation, and that his vocation is a valid calling. I disagree with Santorum on a whole host of issues. This isn’t one of them.

    My guess is that saying the scary words “Opus Dei” will get all the Dan Brown conspiracy nuts in tangle, but it’s also red meat to the religiously out-of-tune readership of WaPo. For a pseudo-sophisticate in our nation’s capitol, what could be more de rigeur than being able to express one’s shock and horror at religious belief actually having an impact on someone’s actions? They left home to get away from all that in order to embrace the culture of modernity, and now some backwoods religified maniac is actually being taken seriously by people out in the hustings. How is that going to reduce our carbon footprint?

  • SKPeterson

    So, a Roman Catholic who thinks his Catholicism should inform his vocation, and that his vocation is a valid calling. I disagree with Santorum on a whole host of issues. This isn’t one of them.

    My guess is that saying the scary words “Opus Dei” will get all the Dan Brown conspiracy nuts in tangle, but it’s also red meat to the religiously out-of-tune readership of WaPo. For a pseudo-sophisticate in our nation’s capitol, what could be more de rigeur than being able to express one’s shock and horror at religious belief actually having an impact on someone’s actions? They left home to get away from all that in order to embrace the culture of modernity, and now some backwoods religified maniac is actually being taken seriously by people out in the hustings. How is that going to reduce our carbon footprint?

  • Pete

    Like SK said!

  • Pete

    Like SK said!

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    You know, that makes sense, since Santorum has sat in for Bill Bennett on his nationally syndicated talk show.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    You know, that makes sense, since Santorum has sat in for Bill Bennett on his nationally syndicated talk show.

  • John C

    If I had to rate Greenwell Springs Baptist Church pastor Dennis Terry’s speech introducing Rick Santorum, I would give it 4 Nurembergs out of 5.
    It’s difficult to tell who is more backwards, religified or more of a maniac — is it Rick or is it Dennis?

  • John C

    If I had to rate Greenwell Springs Baptist Church pastor Dennis Terry’s speech introducing Rick Santorum, I would give it 4 Nurembergs out of 5.
    It’s difficult to tell who is more backwards, religified or more of a maniac — is it Rick or is it Dennis?

  • John C

    How is that going to reduce our carbon footprint? Buggered if I know, SKPeterson.

  • John C

    How is that going to reduce our carbon footprint? Buggered if I know, SKPeterson.

  • http://fivepintlutheran2.wordpress.com/ David Cochrane

    Interesting what happens when the Media, and far flung baptists, assume. Innit? Yall know the old saying.

    Good show mates.

  • http://fivepintlutheran2.wordpress.com/ David Cochrane

    Interesting what happens when the Media, and far flung baptists, assume. Innit? Yall know the old saying.

    Good show mates.

  • #4 Kitty

    Funny, he doesn’t look particularly Opus Dei here .

  • #4 Kitty

    Funny, he doesn’t look particularly Opus Dei here .

  • SKPeterson

    Kitty @ 7 – Now I will fault him for that. Kinda. Sorta. I mean, he’s a politician. So he’s pandering. What’s new? But, being an Opus Dei fellow-traveler would generally put one in mind of not engaging in worship with those whom you are not in communion. That video tells me that Santorum is more interested in being right with the evangelical wing of the Republican Party than he is in being right with the Roman Catholic Church.

  • SKPeterson

    Kitty @ 7 – Now I will fault him for that. Kinda. Sorta. I mean, he’s a politician. So he’s pandering. What’s new? But, being an Opus Dei fellow-traveler would generally put one in mind of not engaging in worship with those whom you are not in communion. That video tells me that Santorum is more interested in being right with the evangelical wing of the Republican Party than he is in being right with the Roman Catholic Church.


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