The Catholic Case Against Rick Santorum
Please punch out to read the full article, there’s a long list of points where Santorum diverges from mainstream Catholicism, the main one I see is his support of fundamentalist creationism of the intelligent design flavor.
It’s easy to see why Santorum might appeal to some culturally conservative Catholics and moderate evangelicals who are wary of Democrats but also turned off by the Republican Party’s cozy embrace of economic libertarianism and tireless defense of struggling millionaires. Santorum is more comfortable with communitarian language, has been a strong supporter of foreign aid to impoverished countries and connects with personal stories of his blue-collar upbringing.
But it’s a political delusion to think Rick Santorum is a standard-bearer of authentic Catholic values in politics. In fact, on several issues central to Catholic social teaching - torture, war, immigration, climate change, the widening gap between rich and poor and workers’ rights - Santorum is radically out of step with his faith’s teachings as articulated by Catholic bishops and several popes over the centuries.