It is good to dream, to imagine the possibilities. It is good to call upon others to do the same. But sooner or later, a man must wake up and find out where he really is. To fail this, is to never achieve the object of that dream.
Catholics gave up their unity as a force for social change in 1960, when one of them had to apologize for his faith in order to be President. They have been apologizing ever since. Every election year, the factions line up, letting the world dictate their alliances. And so, those Catholics who purport to be the voice of the oppressed have been the intellectual puppets of the Democratic party ever since that fateful year. Meanwhile, those Catholics who would hold as paramount "the gospel of life" have been the lapdogs of the Republican party for nearly three decades.
How's that working out so far, guys?
Here at man with black hat, we invite you to diverge from the celebrity blogroll, if only long enough to consider our piece entitled “Cujus regni non erit finis.” Consider also, as a model for paradigm shift, the ongoing debate over the future of Catholic social teaching, as recently explained by our colleagues at The American Catholic.
The alternative may be to never wake up.
(UPDATE: A review of the CatholicVote.org website is quite illuminating. In addition to the page with a comprehensive treatment of the issues, there is one for endorsements, where they were able to dig deep enough to find a Democrat worth the trouble. Stay tuned ...)