With statements nearly as out of the mainstream of American Evangelicalism as Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, who infamously shouted “God d*mn America,” Rick Santorum’s head-pastor should have nearly as much explaining to do.
Santorum, a devout Roman Catholic, submits to the spiritual oversight of Pope Benedict XVI, the alleged “Vicar of Christ” Himself. And the Vatican leader has been less than kind to Evangelicals:
In 2007, he famously said that Protestants cannot be considered “proper” Christians, because they do not submit to his grace—the Pope: He claimed that
the branches of Christianity formed after the split with Rome at the Reformation could not be called churches “in the proper sense” because they broke with a succession of popes who dated back to St Peter.
He continued on to argue that the Roman Catholic Church is the only “true church of Christ.”
In an even more out of touch pontification, Santorum’s spiritual Father stated that creationists’ opposition to evolution is an “absurdity,” and argues, “there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution.”
The Pope added that evolution “appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”
He also repeated the UN’s global warming propaganda, claiming the earth is talking to us, therefore “obedience to the voice of the Earth is more important for our future happiness … than the desires of the moment. Our Earth is talking to us and we must listen to it and decipher its message if we want to survive.”
Since when do Christian leaders “obey” the Earth’s word instead of God’s?
Perhaps even more troubling is the Roman Catholic Church’s preference for social-welfare policies identical to Democrats and other liberals, under the guise of leftist-style Social Justice. According to CatholicVote.org, Rick Santorum has been active in many such socialistic legislative actions, often in open cooperation with the liberals:
almost every time a serious piece of antipoverty legislation surfaces in Congress, Rick Santorum is there playing a leadership role.
In the mid-1990s, he was a floor manager for welfare reform, the most successful piece of domestic legislation of the past 10 years. He then helped found the Renewal Alliance to help charitable groups with funding and parents with flextime legislation.
More recently, he has pushed through a stream of legislation to help the underprivileged, often with Democratic partners.
In addition, he’s issued a torrent of proposals, many of which have become law: efforts to fight tuberculosis; to provide assistance to orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries; to provide housing for people with AIDS; to increase funding for Social Services Block Grants and organizations like Healthy Start and the Children’s Aid Society; to finance community health centers; to combat genocide in Sudan.
I could fill this column, if not this entire page, with a list of ideas, proposals and laws Santorum has poured out over the past dozen years. It’s hard to think of another politician who has been so active and so productive on these issues.
“So go Rick, go,” says CatholicVote.org, ”This American Papist is pulling for you.”
Evangelicals drawn to Santorum after leaving Bachmann’s dwindling campaign should know what they’re getting into. It’s not evangelicalism; it’s liberalism and Social Justice no better than Obama, really.
And if you think Paul has a foreign policy problem, just imagine how complicated it gets when a man’s highest Spiritual allegiance is to the Vatican and not to the American people.
It’s one thing to say “God d**n America. It’s even worse, however, to damn it anyway while praising it in the name of God.