Rick Santorum’s pattern of deviation from core Catholic teachings

Rick Santorum’s pattern of deviation from core Catholic teachings January 5, 2012

This post is really easy to write, as somebody else has done the work! John Gehring has written a fantastic piece, detailing the many ways in which Santorum’s views deviate from Church teachings on so many important issues.

But I admit to grudging respect for Santorum. He is well-intentioned, and sincerely believes what he says – a vast improvement over the corporate ghoul that is currently the Republican front-runner. But I fear that he is just as influenced by the flawed theology of much of American evangelicalism than he is by his own church.

Faced with such a litany of deviation, our friends on the right would normally dub him a “dissident Catholic”, a “cafeteria Catholic”, or a “Catholyc”. But of course, we know that is not going to happen – because it’s not really Catholic teachings they care most about,  is it?

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