Politicians, Catholicism and the False Equivalence

You've got to hand it to that Joe Biden. He certainly has chutzpah. After all, what do you call it when a man who was banned from receiving Communion diocese-wide by a bishop chastises an apparently more faithful Catholic for a lack of doctrinal purity? I'm of course referring to the vice-presidential debate and Biden's comment that Paul Ryan had an "issue" with "Catholic social doctrine."    Biden's approach is nothing new; it's a copout frequently used by liberal-or, as they used to say, heretical-Catholics. It goes like this: self-conscious that they're being criticized for violating definitive Church teaching and accused of being in a state of grave sin, they hang their hats on the idea that they make up for it by going heavy on "social teaching." Furthermore, they lean on the notion that no one should point fingers at them because, by their lights, conservatives fall terribly short of the glory of that social teaching. It's the theological version of "Oh, yeah?! But...(Read Full Post)