Why Catholics (Stupidly) Support Obama

To the contrary, the Church seems to be in agreement with Obama and his homeland secretary, Janet Napolitano, that entering the country illegally is not a criminal offense. Nor did the Church loudly condemn the Department of Homeland Security memo that claimed Christian faith a characteristic of right-wing extremism. And rather than invoking Aquinas' theory of "just war," the Church sided with the leftist peaceniks during the Iraq liberation. And where is the condemnation of Obama's statist plan that includes, so far, taxing charitable gifts and subsidizing a government youth corps in "community service"?

If, say, a president took the measures that Obama did for abortion, but instead applied them to ensuring the rapid execution of black men on death row, the hue and cry from college students would be overwhelming.

But the ideologue is selective in his outrage over murder and injustice, and can rationalize everything, from denying employment to certain races to the starvation and murder of millions of bourgeois -- all for the larger good, by one's own lights or the lights of his party.

The common denominator of utopian ideologies is the substitution of particular men's wisdom for God's wisdom as passed down through the generations. Because the Church condemned such diabolical ideologies, communists murdered priests and nuns. The Church provided assistance to those escaping communist regimes, like my parents.

But rather than providing a firewall of faith against Marxist ideologies, Notre Dame, by its academic offerings, seems to have succumbed. The department of "diversity" gives a class devoted to "gender and peace studies"; the English Department represents postcolonialism, Latino/Latina literature, and cultural studies; and history offers classes focusing on the new trinity of race, class, and gender. Such a capitulation to fifth-column initiatives seems to have also infected Catholic high schools. St. Pius in Atlanta puts on a recommended reading list Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, known for her pro-abortion stance and communist affiliations. And I have talked to an English teacher at a Catholic high school who unapologetically explained that she did what many of my colleagues do in the secular classroom: promote feminism.

The pro-life position then must come across as an anomaly within the race-class-gender classroom environment.

What resonates more is the black dude who could have been the cool guy teaching the "gender and peace studies" class.

So, is it any wonder that young people put their "hope" in a charismatic political leader? Is it a surprise that college-educated Catholics shouted in cult-like unison a slogan from a Marxist labor movement: "Yes, we can!"?

Back in 1931, Pope Pius XI in an encyclical rebuked a government that had put "out of existence socialism and anti-religious organizations," but had permitted them to be "readmitted." The government, charged the pope, "made them even stronger and more dangerous, inasmuch as they are now hidden and also protected by their new uniform." "We find ourselves," continued the pontiff, "in the presence of a party, of a regime ... which clearly resolves itself into a true and real pagan worship of the state." Part of this "statolatry," he accused, involved the attempt "to monopolize completely the young, from their tenderest years up to manhood and womanhood."

The Church, which back then seemed to be sure of her moral authority, of course, was condemning Mussolini's fascists.