Catholic Church and Authentic Catholicism vs. AOC

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world” (1 Peter 5:8)

The unfortunate thing with the Catholic faithful is that frequently anything with the label Catholic is automatically construed as authentically Catholic. There will be no resistance against it, unless of course one studies closely with what they read and audios to which they listen. Recently, there was an article written by a Heidi Schlumpf of the The National Catholic Reporter called AOC is the future of the Catholic Church. The article was written to provide reflections on AOC commenting on alleged attacks from congressman Ted Yoho of Florida. He was accused of using some pretty vulgar language, which by the way you’ll notice Heidi Schlumpf simply presumes to be true. Now, I’m not looking to make any politically charged and disparaging remarks against AOC here. However, I have to call people on their record. Does her record reflect the teachings of the Catholic Church ? The answer to that is emphatically, NO. Schlumpf states that “if there is to be a future for the Catholic Church in the United States it must also resemble Ocasio-Cortez in her passion for justice and human dignity, and in her courage and integrity, even in the face of vulgar attacks”. Human dignity ? Really ? What of the human dignity of the unborn who die to the injustice of abortion ? Last time I checked abortion was not Catholic at all. Where exactly is Schlumpf going here ?

And you also notice she casually mentions that Ted Yoho was one of four congressmen that voted against an anti-lynching bill which had no direct relationship anything AOC was addressing. However, since Schlumpf brought it up, I’ll address this as well. The bill he voted against was a federal law that did pass and carried a maximum 10 year prison sentence. Well, states such as Texas, already had the death penalty for this very crime. One of the problems with her comment is that she neglects to acknowledge that the states are more sovereign in a republic. However, when people’s politics becomes too nationalized, they easily overlook these things. By the way, there is a Catholic principle called subsidiarity which means issues should be handled at the most local level. Such an idea is consistent with a republic.

Be careful who you follow, brothers and sisters. Not all Catholic material is created equal. In fact, some of it is simply dangerous to your spiritual health. Dominus vobiscum.

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