Yesterday, the Supreme Court was very good to Christians. It is very hard to tell if you peruse the mainstream news sources, but it was a great day. Read about it here and here. We should be celebrating! So why is it my inbox has come upon two very nasty anti-Catholic musings in the last 24 hours? Perhaps it is just coincidence, but it does seem to be the way of our faith; the greater success we enjoy the more infighting we engage in. It’s ugly – it’s very, very ugly and it is not good for our public witness or our political action. I do not find it purely coincidental that the very serious setbacks faith suffered during the Obama years coincided with Mitt Romney’s two runs for office. Actually I find it a source of some shame.
A couple of weeks ago, Jonathon Tobin wrote a piece on the politics of Kamala Harris and what they bode for the future of the nation. Being a Californian, I’ve had to pay attention to Ms. Harris for quite some time, and I concur with Tobin – it is not a pretty picture. And yet it is a very similar picture to the one we paint when we start pointing fingers around religious circles.
There is a base for Ms. Harris’ brand of political nasty just as there is a market for anti-Catholic nonsense (or at least strong Catholic suspicion – just ask Dan Brown). The political ghettoization of Evangelicalism that has resulted from the great Romney religious debates has left the Catholic church as the only effective religious force standing in the nation. (The Mormons could also be standing with them but seem to be in a minor retreat after the blow back from their efforts in California on Prop 8.) Envy is understandable. But said envy works against our goal of a better nation. Why then is our impulse to tear down and oppose rather than concur and perhaps join?