During his broadcast today, Rush Limbaugh commented on a dialog between Sally Quinn and Carl Bernstein regarding the Papal Conclave. Both Quinn and Bernstein opined that the Catholic Church will be "irrelevant" if they don't "include" various groups whom they feel are "minorities". Limbaugh picked them apart, of course. You'll hear that below.
Towards the end, you will hear Limbaugh utter his own criticism of the Church: that it "is on its way to irrelevancy if it doesn't start distancing itself from the Democratic Party and the ideal that liberalism equals charity". And keep on listening as he excoriates all major religions for equating governmental largess with charity.
Limbaugh is not Catholic so he may not realize that the bureaucracies that bear the name "Catholic" are not one and the same with the Mystical Body of Christ. If we think of the former as opposed to the latter while listening to Limbaugh, we can appreciate what he said.
How often on this blog have I called for the abolition of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (and the state conferences)? Why? Precisely because they do engage in the chicanery that Limbaugh just denounced. They will wax hysterical over one murderer being executed yet remain relatively silent over the thousands of babies murdered each day via abortion. Just a few days ago I posted that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is throwing millions of dollars to help illegal immigrants skirt our laws; could not that money (Catholic donation dollars, by the way) have been put to better use with the purchase of baby-saving sonogram machines for the pregnancy centers or to have bought food for an over-stretched soup kitchen?
He probably doesn't realize it, but Limbaugh is articulating the principle of subsidiarty. It's time we stopped looking to the government for "charity" and started getting on with the true mission of the Church, to save souls and to put social outreach in proper perspective.
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