Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a Believing Catholic?

The abortion uber alles cult that now masquerades as the Democrat party was on full display recently, as Scott Johnson of Powerline relates :


Article VI of the Constitution prohibits a religious test for public office. So what was Senator Dick Durbin doing asking Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Coney Barrett — one of President Trump’s nominees to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals — “Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” How is it that Senator Dianne Feinstein thought it could be proper to observe of Professor Barrett: “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”


Kevin Daley puts Durbin’s question and Feinstein’s comment in the context of yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of Professor Barrett (and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen) here. Tiffany Bates has more for the Daily Signal here. They are only the most recent evidence of the demeaning treatment to which believing Catholics are subjected by devout Democrats, but the nakedness of the bigotry still shocks.

Go here to read the rest.  The Democrats view faithful Catholics as a threat and will use any means to drive them from public life and the public square.    How any faithful Catholic could cast a ballot for this anti-Catholic party astonishes me.



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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. Don’t forget Durbin grilling her over the meaning of “orthodox Catholic” and Franken dragging out the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center hit list … errrr … I mean hate list because the nominee once spoke to the Alliance Defending Freedom — a religious liberty group that SPLC and Franken have defamed as a “hate group”.

  2. I had a Democratic politician knock on my door last weekend. I went through the litany of death that Party now stands for, told him that he was on the road to hell if he kept that up and he left.
    Afterwards one of my teenage sons complained say that’s not how to “dialogue”. I told my son “the man needed to hear what I said, the time of dialogue is over, I told him that out of love because he is on the road to hell.”

  3. Legally, they can ask her whatever they want. Can’t help but note that job interviews these days are witlessly stylized per instructions from the personnel office (presumably listening to counsel). You have to have a template and ask all applicants the same menu of questions (though you can ask a follow-up) and any reference to a disability must be phrased in a particular way if you can ask at all, blah blah.

    Now, under the privileges these dirtbags convey on themselves (while denying them to everyone else), they can ask whatever they want. Keep in mind that as recently as 20 years ago, this would have been considered outre and not done. And the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee allowing this line of questioning is….Charles Grassley, age 83, in Congress since 1981.


  4. Non-negotiable.

    There are (c) atholics that don’t believe in the non-negotiable topics being a threshold. They vote the democratic ticket and believe that their catholicity is valid.

    Holding back the Eucharist from a catholic politician is seen as anti-charity by many. Instead it should be viewed as total love when communion isn’t given to a unrepentant Catholic politician that promotes the killing of the innocent.

    Until politicians are called to the mat the catholic parishioner is not feeling doomed by voting democratic and receiving communion.

    Why should they?

    Shepards tending their flock?

    God help them!

  5. I read some time back that about 1/2 of the U.S. Senate were once lawyers and another 20% have law degrees. Why was the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee allocated to one of the minority therein who never studied law?

  6. “the nakedness of the bigotry still shocks.” It sure does.
    They wouldn’t dare ask the same questions of Mormons, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists. So why Catholics?
    Judiciary Committee:
    R: Grassely – Baptist
    Graham – Baptist
    Cruz – Baptist
    Hatch – Mormon
    Lee – Mormon
    Flake – Mormon
    Crapo – Mormon
    Sasse – Presbyterian
    Kennedy – Methodist
    Cornyn – Churches of Christ
    Tillis – Catholic
    Feinstein – Jewish
    Blumenthal – Jewish
    Franken – Jewish
    Whitehouse – Episcopalian
    Klobuchar – Congregationalist
    Coons – Presbyterian
    Hirono – Buddhist
    Leahy – Catholic
    Durbin – Catholic
    I don’t know what’s transpired between the three Catholic senators and their
    confessors but it appears from bios and news stories that they are “nominal” Catholics.
    Overall in the Senate the majority of Catholics belong to the Democratic Party.

  7. David–
    Your son sounds a little like Pope Francis. What dialoguing means is to avoid speaking the truth at all costs–even the cost of going to hell. Good for you for setting a good example for your son even though you risk alienation. Most parents would not do what you did. The are just too “nice”.

  8. A religion that doesn’t interfere with the secular order will soon discover that the secular order will not refrain from interfering with it.” — Fulton J. Sheen

    If the secular order could only find a pro-secular Pope.

  9. When it comes to social justice issues, Democrats demand we follow what they call Church teaching in behalf of service to the poor. When it comes to moral issues, Democrats demand we ignore Church teaching in behalf of conversion of the unrighteous. Fathom the hypocrisy.

  10. Keep it up, liberal haters. Your hostility to Americans’ culture and religion informs normal Americans of your animus. You will be shocked (again) by the YUGE Trump landslide of 2020.

    I’ve posted this re: socialist justice previously, The left scorns, caricatures, and repudiates Jesus then uses Him as a political weapon. For example, when it comes to Jesus’ teachings on murder/abortion, it’s “God’s not real! Babies are not people!”

  11. I am always confused by Catholics/Christians who are loyal democrats; it’s like they don’t understand what the democrat party stands for/supports. Not so sure about what republicans stand for either, they seem unwilling to act on their beliefs, so I’ve chosen to be registered independent.

  12. I am always confused by Catholics/Christians who are loyal democrats; it’s like they don’t understand what the democrat party stands for/supports. Not so sure about what republicans stand for either, they seem unwilling to act on their beliefs, so I’ve chosen to be registered independent.

    I suspect you have large numbers of people who aren’t very invested in public life (most people are not) but retain a Democratic affiliation because they’ve conceptualized the opposition as a collecting pool of big meanies. Others conceive of the Democrats as ‘our team’ and fill in the gaps in their ignorance about the opposition with subcultural fictions (a pattern I think is the mode among blacks and Puerto Ricans). Others have an antagonistic reaction (often not articulated) contra the opposition due to its aesthetic properties (a phenomenon I think is common among urban professional types and Jews). If you’re talking about churchgoing Episcopalians, I would offer the 1st and the 3d as the influences to look at.

    A generation ago, Morton Kondracke interviewed a sociological researcher who studied the drug culture (I think he may have been a physician or a public health maven, not an academic sociologist), a man dead set against any kind of legal traffic in street drugs. Asked to explain the spectrum of opinion about street drugs and policy responses had a colloquial response that I think is true over wide swaths of political discussion: “liberals want to give people things”. Which is of course, not what penal systems do (or any system which incorporates regulation and sanction does). I think if carefully questioned, you’d discover your liberal-democratic voters in the pews adhere to a Christianity which has decayed into general niceness. (And, we have a crew of volunteers for the soup kitchen downtown).

  13. First we had Dr. Mark E. Green withdraw as the Secretary of the Army nominee in May due to the Inquisition, then Russell Vought got the Inquisition treatment as Deputy Director of the OMB in June, and now Amy Coney Barrett in September. Christians of all denominations really need to develop a concerted pushback for this unconstitutional activity.

    Professor Chad C Pecknold at CUA put it well in one of his tweets: “I teach dogma for a living, and can honestly say that even orthodox Catholics aren’t nearly so ‘dogmatic’ as secular progressives”.

  14. What an awesome testimony to the character of Professor Barrett….”the dogma lives loudly within you.”
    I hope and pray that statement may be said about me someday.

  15. Mary de Voe-
    *gets the giggles*
    Probably not your kind of movie, but there’s a very “quirky” scifi called the Fifth Element where Bruce Willis uses the line “I am a meat Popsicle” in response to armed thugs searching for an innocent fugitive lady that he’s hiding.

    I found the attitude rather fitting. ^.^

  16. When is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops going issue a statement condemning the remarks made by these apostates and degenerates similar to the one made regarding the Illegal Immigrants? If they have made one, my apologies. If they have not we certainly have weak shepherds guarding the flock.

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