Catholicism and the Bipartisan System

There are many things about politics that baffle me, but one concept trumps them all: the fact that diverse issues get bundled together, and it’s assumed that if you are in favor (or not in favor) of one of them, then you are in favor (or not in favor) of them all.

Yesterday I took a politics quiz on this website to see which presidential candidates share the most of my beliefs. Granted, as a faithful-to-the-Magesterium Catholic, all of my top results were Republicans. Honestly though, Catholicism doesn’t neatly fit into the Republican mould. There are some issues that Catholicism clearly takes a more Democratic stance on (welfare, helping the poor, immigration). There are other issues that the Church hasn’t really spoken clearly on that a faithful Catholic could go either way on (gun control – I am personally for it; the environment – I am personally for protecting it).

Catholicism is stereotypically Republican. Isn’t that impression? The issues of abortion and gay marriage have given us that reputation. And yes, indeed, we are Republicans on those issues. And truthfully, I usually vote Republican because I consider the issue of abortion so important.

But Catholicism isn’t purely Republican. Our faith existed before the party was created.

In fact, I really don’t like the bipartisan system, tbh. Stances on issues get bundled together. If you say you’re pro-life, people automatically label you as a gun-owning, anti-welfare homophobe.

As was expected, although my top result was a Republican (Marco Rubio), our stances only matched 83%. I mean, that’s pretty good, but 17% is quite a lot of difference. Also interesting is that my top Democratic result (Hillary Clinton) matched 37% of my beliefs. That’s a substantial portion.

Sure, the bipartisan system simplifies the political process, but it also simplifies people and organizations (like the Catholic Church). Truly, most people and organizations, if they’re really thinking, do not fit any one side perfectly. Otherwise, they are basing their stances not on the issues, but on whatever party they identify with.

Why Gays Are Great But Same-Sex Marriage is Wrong

If I had a dollar for every time someone attacked the Catholic Church’s views on gay marriage, I’d be a very, very wealthy woman.

Time for a game of Fact or Fiction!

It’s a sin to be gay
FICTION
It’s only a sin to partake in homosexual acts (i.e. having sex with someone of the same gender). But gayness in itself is fine. The Church recognizes that homosexuality isn’t a figment of the imagination. She recognizes it as a combination of nature and nurture.

The Catholic Church hates gays
FICTION
The Church loves all of God’s children, gay or straight. The Church loves sinners (i.e. ALL of us) and hates the sin (whether that be engaging in homosexual acts or any other sin, like gossiping or lying or stealing).

Gays can’t be Catholic
FICTION
Again, love the sinner, hate the sin. The word “catholic” does, after all, mean “universal.”

Gay Catholics are called to single life
FACT
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that gays may approach Christian perfection just as any other person may. The Church teaches that this is achieved through single life.

But what if two gays are in LOVE? It is LOVE after all.

What is love? According to St. Thomas Aquinas, to love is to will the good of another. Think about it. It’s so true.

So, if a gay person truly loves his partner, he won’t have sex with him because gay sex is bad for the body from a biological standpoint. If you love someone, you wouldn’t want him to get hurt.

From the Catholic standpoint, gay marriage is wrong. Here’s the primary reason: Marriage is meant to be fruitful. In other words, marriage can make babies. Biologically, two women or two men can’t make babies together. Gay marriage isn’t fruitful. But always remember: Gay people deserve the utmost respect and compassion, just like any one of God’s children.

Vice Presidential Debates

Today during my study hall I watched last night’s vice presidential debates on YouTube.

In my opinion, Ryan won. He acted with more dignity than Biden. I had never watched any Biden debates before, and I found him to be kind of fiery and worked up. He took a lot of cheap shots. For example, after Ryan had spoken at one point, Biden sarcastically says, “AMAZING.” And Biden kept laughing at Ryan. During the closing statements, Ryan thanked Biden, but Biden didn’t thank Ryan. In general, I was unimpressed by the way Biden conducted himself.

I thought Ryan conducted himself more maturely than Biden, even though Biden is older. Once, when Biden kept interrupting him, Ryan took a step back from the situation and said that their debate would be far more useful to the American people if they stopped interrupting each other. And as Biden spoke, he wasn’t laughing at him.

I’m not writing this post simply for politics. Back to Catholicism. Did you know both the VP candidates are Catholic? The moderator, Martha Raddatz, brought this point up before she asked the candidates the role religion plays in their politics. Here’s a YouTube clip from the debate:

Alright, time for a little ranting. If you believe abortion is killing, how can you NOT want to advocate for laws against it if you’re in a position of political power? If you truly believe abortion is wrong, you’d have stances more like Ryan’s.

You can have your own opinions, but I kind of wish Ryan was running for PRESIDENT. Maybe someday…