Catholic Leaders Urge Gingrich and Santorum to Leave Racist Talk Behind

Marcos Restrepo, Colorado Independent, January 22, 2012

Catholic leaders issued a letter Friday to GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, themselves Catholics, urging them “to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.”

The letter, signed by 45 Catholic leaders says:

Mr. Gingrich has frequently attacked President Obama as a “food stamp president” and claimed that African Americans are content to collect welfare benefits rather than pursue employment. Campaigning in Iowa, Mr. Santorum remarked: “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

“At a time when nearly 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty, charities and the free market alone can’t address the urgent needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. And while jobseekers outnumber job openings 4-to-1, suggesting that the unemployed would rather collect benefits than work is misleading and insulting,” the letter adds.

“This statement is urging prominent Catholics in the race to go back and look at church teaching,” John Gehring, the Catholic outreach coordinator at Faith in Public Life, told The Florida Independent, adding “that the letter is also about poverty.”

“The Catholic bishops have been incredibly important in raising a prophetic voice that really challenges those who think that the free market alone can sort of solve our economic problems,” Gehring said. “You have Catholic conservative leaders, like John Boener, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and they’ve all been looking to dismantle vital social safety nets.”

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Gehring highlighted the idea of “intrinsic evil,” adding that “a lot of people look at Catholic teaching and think about abortion as being a preeminent political issue, and that is true, but the bishops are also very clear that racism and torture—where Santorum is very bad on, Santorum has been an apologist for enhanced interrogation—are an intrinsic evil.”

He also said that Gingrich and Santorum’s “rhetoric around class and racial issues is in many ways out of line with Catholic social teaching. That is something Catholic voters will be concerned about, particularly given that both Santourm and Gingrich have not been shy about talking about the importance of their faith from a personal perspective and also how it shapes their political views as well.”

{snip} Earlier this month, Gingrich told an audience in New Hampshire, ‘If the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.’”

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  • Anonymous

    Whatever happened to “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”?

    The Catholic Church should take a stand AGAINST welfare dependence and get these people back home where they belong, whether Mexico, Honduras, Nigeria, Angola, etc.

    There they can live peacefully, just like the Romans, Jews, and Samaritans used to in Jesus’ day.

  • B

    This is what clergy do best, they simply deny reality and replace it with whatever makes them feel good.

    • Anonymous

      In essence, that’s what they’ve done all along!

  • Need a historian’s help here:  Newt Gingrich converted to Catholicism some time after he stepped down from being House Speaker.  He would not only be our second Catholic President, but I think he would be the first President in American history who had a denominational conversion in his lifetime.  (Incidentally, Ron Paul was baptized Lutheran but later became a Baptist, so he would also qualify).  Am I wrong about any of this?

    • Anonymous

      GW Bush was raised an Episcopalian (Daddy still is) and converted to Methodism; Eisenhower was raised a Jehovah’s Witness (!) and became a kind of generic Protestant.

      BTW, assuming Ron Paul doesn’t pull it out, this year’s Republican nominee will be the first one ever who didn’t belong to a mainline Protestant denomination.

  • Anonymous

    The Catholic Church has been receiving “benefits” from the federal government for some time now. . . with the government’s mandate that Catholic Church facilities offer “birth control” services, the “chickens have (indeed) come home to roost”.  Lie with dogs and end up with fleas.

  • When are Gingrich and Santorium going to tell white men ‘women and not little boys’. 

  • Anonymous

    I am a religious man but I really can no longer support the modern church, it’s been infected with the same liberalism/leftist propaganda. The church is still the most white institution I can think of today but does nothing but ally itself with forces that want to destroy it. When I hear the modern church say things like we need to tolerate Islam I know they are beyond corrupt.

    • Anonymous

      Try a White Later Day Saints Church. The LDS looks, sounds, feels very good – no Leftist PC politics, mostly all White, the few non Whites are very well scrubbed, well behaved. The LDS church has very good rules/customs about what men and women do, the heads of the LDS church are the LDS bishops and they are elected by the local church congregation, so there isn’t the problem of corrupt national seminaries sending down PC, anti White leftist Priest that the White congregation hates and the choice is only to leave, stop paying tithes.

  • food stamps – Have NOTHING to do with Race unless of course, you KNOW it is non-whites who disproportionately, do the taking.

    black people’s lives – Blacks do Love and Depend upon Welfare and quite frankly, I’m okay with it but with this comes, Complete and with No Exceptions, Segregation.  Sad for me it is but the fact remains, Segregation is the Only Way.

    1-6 – If this doesn’t say “non-white” to you, nothing will and worse, you will never get it.

    urgent need – Here’s an Idea:  Keep your pant’s up for a change and if that’s no good, try Birth Control.

    Church Teaching – I wasn’t aware that The Church only thought of non-whites and making very clear, Whites don’t count outside of their Money (whether they have it or not) that is.

    poverty – Now let’s see here.  An American whom Lost their Job through no fault of their own is what? of no concern?  Could it be because they’re White and automatically “rich”?

    solve economic – No, Free Market alone cannot do it but you know what can?  Sterilization for Certain Folk.  Cruel yes, but needed.  Look at it as Humanitarian because it is.  Better to have none than to Watch one Starve or worse, Starve to Death.

    dismantle – I take it you’ve never heard of The Right to Not be Taxed WITHOUT Representation.  This means, I shall not be FORCED to pay for another for that Other does Not Represent Me.

    evil – Funny how you “churches” NEVER mention those ‘Letters to The Churches’ in these here Last Times.  Ya know, the Letters where God tells you, you are wrong…

    race – I will and let us all please, reach out to these Catholic “leaders” and remind them about Paying Cesar his Dues and Double Standard.  Make them answer for their Silence.

  • opposed to abortion – You don’t really mean you’d be willing to allow yourself and yours to be completely overwhelmed and then promptly murdered by non-whites all due to your Belief in No Abortion are you?

    I’m not exactly a fan either but when it comes to White Population of Less Than Ten Percent and Non-Whites the Rest, I’m Pro-Choice.

    I don’t mean to be so mean but I’m White.  If Whites weren’t in such Dire Straits, I wouldn’t be this stringent.

  • Bardon Kaldian

    I can understand negative comments here, but- what is RCC  supposed to do ? After all, she (and the rest of Christianity) claims that all humans are alike & created in the image & likeness of God. Well, this includes Blacks – and, as some would, sometimes, conveniently choose to forget- women, disabled persons, mentally retarded, even pedophiles & sociopaths.

    Many of the posters here are, in their way of thinking, social Darwinists. Sorry to inform you- social Darwinism doesn’t work, it’s a project for societal self- destruction. Also, I don’t see much trouble in this bishops’ statement- after all, it’s TRUE. Most unemployed people are Whites. Racial rhetoric is, in these elections, a bad choice & will only give Obama more votes.

    Also, counting pros & cons, demolition of RCC’s educational infrastructure- mainly elementary & high schools- is a bad thing for White people of all creeds (I’ve read that somewhere in Tennessee or Alabama less than 10% of children attending RCC high schools were Catholics- as a rule, White Protestants & even atheists, to escape the multicultural “blessings” of public schools, go to these schools. And they are cheaper than secular private schools, so average Joe can-still- afford his kids to go there. And they give results- http://www.christianpost.com/news/protestant-schools-focus-on-faith-catholic-schools-focus-on-intellect-54269/).

    Let’s not fool ourselves & be honest: RCC sex abuse scandal- horrible, but blown way out of proportion (read Philip Jenkins: New Anti-Catholicism. I downloaded it from library.nu). The ONLY big problem with RCC is the immigration issue, since Hispanics are- mostly- Catholics.  This is something to be analyzed & debated, but, this particular statement is politically OK. I don’t see why such a fuss about it. In political arena, if you are to achieve something, you won’t show all- or the majority- of your agenda during elections.

  • Anonymous

    Can you tell us about the best traditional Catholic organizations that are fighting against the corruptions of Vatican 2? 

  • Bardon Kaldian

    Again- wrong assessment. AFAIK, ONLY Muslim clergy is in the “us-them” mood. Not any variant of Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, even Judaism – at least in the US, ..

    On second thought, maybe Hindu extreme clergy, some Brahmins, fuel anti- Islamic rhetoric, but this is another proof that India is still a religious civilization. The US, Europe, China, … they’re past religion as the dominant social force. In post- religious societies, religions function more like Red Cross with a touch of supernatural & custodians of cultural heritage.

  • Anonymous

    Catholics know when their clergy are telling the truth and when they are talking baloney.

  • deb

    These native peoples make up a huge part of the Catholic church–when my mom went to Mexico she learnes from her tour guide that poor Mexicans gave their money to the church before buying essentials. It is called brainwashing, of course. These ignorant souls actually believe the church controls their chance of salvation. And on and on…

  • Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, realize that almost all religious institutions are big into multiracialism.  I was baptized a Missouri Synod Lutheran, which is supposedly one of the most  conservative “legitimate” churches.  But even they have their obligatory missions to Africa.  ELCA Lutherans in the Upper Midwest are actually importing Somalians.

    • jeffaral

      Christian churches have become dangerously anti-White.

    • jeffaral

      Christian churches have become dangerously anti-White.

  • Bardon Kaldian

    Yeah, a traditionalist type (Latin Mass etc.).

  • Bardon Kaldian

    I’d just add a few thoughts I deem pertinent to the issue:

    * Christianity was, historically, a “White” religion, but it isn’t any more. Now, RCC is not the most efficient evangelizer in Africa & Asia. Historically, RCC has been the strongest evangelizer (Philippines, Latin America, parts of Africa,..), but contemporary leaders in conversion of Blacks (and, partly, East Asians) are evangelical Protestants. True, Asians are pragmatic & relaxed regarding the religious stuff- I remember a funny scene from a Chinese movie when a guy, after exasperating courtship, finally succumbs to religious dictates of his future wife – herself being some kind of Baptist or Pentecostal- and the couple is happily united in the scene saturated with loud music from masses of Mozart and Beethoven (both Catholics). So, Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese etc., although differ between Catholics & Protestants- remain rather indifferent to Christian differences.

    * return to European Paganism (Greek, Roman, Celtic, Norse, Slavic, Ugro-Finnic, ..) is not a realistic option. It surely makes a great read- especially Greek/Roman epics and dramas & Icelandic sagas- but no 21th century mature person can take this stuff literally & seriously. Whites with religious temperament will probably stay in some niche of Christianity or become eclectic, something like Patton who believed in reincarnation.

    * as for RCC, my impression is that many people coming from Protestant background hugely overestimate the influence of Church on lives of ordinary Catholics, especially re sex matters & politics. For instance- Italy & Spain have abysmally low birth rate, something completely at variance with Church teaching. Or, my compatriots, Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, although formally pious, simply ditched political schemes proposed by Sarajevo Cardinal & other bishops- judging them, rightly, as kowtowing to Muslims. Perhaps the Church had been a tremendous force two or three centuries ago, but this is definitely a history. Especially US Catholics- I mean Whites- are not the people who will submit to political opinions of their clergy. They’re similar to mainline Protestants, as social studies show. Perhaps the religious bodies with majority White adherents to follow their clergy’s political injunctions are fringe Protestant groups and some mega-churches. And even they, I think, are capable of discriminating between the reality & the illusion.

    The true sheep incapable of reality check are not to be sought among religionists, but among liberal zombies. (facepalm)

  • Bardon Kaldian

    Yeah, a traditionalist variety.

  • Bardon Kaldian

    Yeah, a traditionalist variety.

  • Anonymous

    Right; Ron Paul is a mainline Protestant, but the other three major candidates aren’t.
     

  • When are Gingrich and Santorium going to tell white men to stop having sex
    with little boys. 

  • I have never read a single sentence from these Churchy types condemning SEXISM which is more pervasive and pernicious than racism.

    • Bardon Kaldian

      I doubt you’ve read various encyclicals re these matters. Also- I don’t believe that the majority of AmRen readers think that sexism is “more pernicious than racism”.
      And- yes: sorry, you cannot be a pope.

    • Bardon Kaldian

      I doubt you’ve read various encyclicals re these matters. Also- I don’t believe that the majority of AmRen readers think that sexism is “more pernicious than racism”.
      And- yes: sorry, you cannot be a pope.

  • jeffaral

    Nothing new there!   Well over 90% of Catholics are non-White, consequently the Catholic church will always side with their non-White followers.   It makes sense, I guess!

    • Bardon Kaldian

      * Well over 90% of Catholics are non-White * A joke, I suppose. In this Internet age, these things are very easily checked.