Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture has sent an email to readers that seems to be an attempt to put a stop to debate about the views of Paul Ryan.(See my criticisms of Ryan here, here, here, here, here, and here.) Here is how he characterizes criticisms of Paul Ryan.
This is part of a larger pattern of dishonest Catholicism, in which people invent their own spirituality instead of accepting what has been revealed and rooting themselves in the mission of the Church.
Hmmmm. He goes on…
In these circles, for example, you’ll find enthusiastic support for the Leadership Council of Women Religious, which has exactly the same difficulty. I address the problem in The LCWR Needs an Ecclesial Mission.
Such self-serving spirituality does not lead to a tender care for truth. Moreover, it is not even remotely equal to the demands of the new evangelization for which the Pope has called. See what the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization has to say about what is required: What is the New Evangelization and What Does It Mean for the Church?
Interesting. He goes on…
I’m not saying, of course, that Paul Ryan’s political views cannot be questioned. I am saying only that it makes no sense to look for Catholic political commentary among those who claim the Catholic name without accepting the basic principles of the Catholic faith. That’s the first test. The Catholic moral high ground is built on rock, not on sand which takes any shape we please.
In other words, he is saying that no matter what their arguments are, you must ignore them if they are people who fail to live up to defending the Faith on other matters. This demonstrates a view that if someone is wrong on one thing, they are wrong on everything. I reject that thinking.
I also reject both of these failed parties, in keeping with my understanding of our duty in the New Evangelization. If ever we had permission to protest both parties for Catholic unity, it is now. We are in crisis. The “very future of the world is at stake.”
Am I the only one listening to the Vatican? What up, Catholics?