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Alt-Right Catholics Tearing At Social Fabric

November 20, 2018

We all know people who try to stress the importance of sports in schools.  I am told repeatedly taxpayers need to invest in these programs so to produce better quality students.   I am mindful, also, that churches constantly alert society to the good they do in creating upstanding and moral foundations in our communities.

But then reality comes to the forefront.

We see ministers, pastors, and priests pushing aside evidence of Donald Trump acting in ways that no one with a spiritual center could possibly countenance.  We have too many examples of the short-comings from those who tossed a football and jumped hurdles in ‘the best years of their life’.  In other words, there are more than enough examples of those who should be showing their good sides but wind up doing the exact opposite.

Which leads to angry Catholics who wish to undermine modernity in America.  

Anti-gay activists have increasingly been disrupting gatherings of LGBTQ Catholics and their supporters, a phenomenon first reported by the National Catholic Reporter.  Just this month, a group of Dominican nuns in suburban Milwaukee hired security guards to keep more than two dozen anti-gay protesters off their property where they were hosting a retreat for gay clergy.

Fordham University theologian Jason Steidl has coined a name for them.

“I call them the ‘Catholic alt-right,’” Steidl told NBC News. “We haven’t seen anything like this before. I think they are part of a bigger cultural movement. These people have hitched their wagons to Trump’s presidency, to his tactics.”

We should be concerned that the behavior Trump uses daily on the national stage is becoming the norm in the way some citizens now conduct themselves.   When Catholic parishioners act like torch-wielding villagers it might be time to truly assess who we are in the nation.  And if we are not careful, what we will become.

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