Monday, October 25, 2010

Minnesota Democrats Accuse Catholics of Ignoring the Poor

The Democrats are proud of their generosity to the poor, and owing perhaps due to some unclear thinking aren't aware that charitable acts must be of free will, and there's no merit in being generous with other people's money. Hat tip to Ray at Stella Borealis for this item. But with them it's always the same, high crime and higher and higher taxes.

Now there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said: Why was this waste of the ointment made? [5] For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and given to the poor. And they murmured against her [Douay-Rheims] Luke 14: 4-6.

A recent postcard mailed the the MN DFL State Central Committee has a picture of a priest wearing a button that says "Ignore the Poor".

The picture takes up the entire side of the postcard!

How low has the DFL party sunk that they would mail out pictures of a priest urging people to ignore the poor?

In their haste to try to run from the Democrat agenda of Higher Taxes and ever more Inefficient, Ineffective and Expensive Government programs, the DFL has gone too far.

The other side of the postcard talks about Government Health Care. Government run health care means the end of Catholic Hospitals. I guess the Democrats have to demonize Catholics in order to justify their stand on Government Run Health Care


Unknown said...

Thanks, Tancred!

I would never have made a good reporter. I can't tell you the number of times that I've come across things like this and just emailed them, or neglected to bring my voice recorder to interesting events.

TTC said...

Can anyone say antiCatholicism?

Scott W said...

I see this is more a shot at the archdiocese for sending out the gay marriage DVDs.

Tancred said...

Scott W, that's probably true as well, since these social-justice types often clump these issues together.

Nora Trane said...

Democrats use other people's money taken by threat of imprisonment.

Catholics donate their own money and time to the Glory of God.

Anon Catholic said...

Indeed, we do help the poor. But do we encourage others to do the same?

Anonymous said...

That man could also be a Lutheran minister, or any number of other denominational clergy, but I agree that it most likely is a shot at RC's.

Any political party that would come up with this is in my opinion, very poor. I'll take their advice though, from now on I'm ignoring them.

Tancred said...

It is in fact a photograph of a Lutheran "minister", rather like Ludwig Wittgenstein's famous "Duck Rabbit".

Katherine said...

Anti-Catholic? No.

The piece is directed against a Protestant minister who is also the Republican candidate for a state senate seat, the Rev. Dan Hall. Had you included the rest of the flyer this would have been clear.

I’m not sure this was the best piece but I am also sure that the Catholic Church does not own the clerical collar. It is worn by the majority of Protestant and Orthodox clergy in Minnesota.

Why do you choose not to show the whole mailer? It takes issue with Rev. Hall for not supporting a Minnesota Health Care bill endorsed by the Catholic Church.

Rev. Hall makes a big deal that he is a clergyman in his campaign to be a Republican state senator. The DFL respond that he seems to be a clergyman that does not care for the poor the way other clergy including the Catholic Church calls for.

Tancred said...


Maybe you people should quit while you're ahead?

Honesty and truth have never been a DFL strong point.

John Paul Sonnen said...

Typical anti-Catholicism.

Unknown said...

Dan Hall is not a protestant minister. His resume says he "attended" Augsburg College but doesn't say anything about a degree. He has been a police chaplain and an employee of chaplains' organizations.

He is not a preacher. He has no pictures on the internet that show him in clerical clothes.

Now can you spell "anti-Catholic?"

Desmond Drummer said...

Catholic priests aren't usually depicted carrying around bibles...that's more of a "vague clergy" American stereotype. Let's not jump to conclusions here and get "played" by partisan politics.

I suspect the ad, if it is in fact intending to depict a Catholic priest (Catholics are not the only ones who wear collars), points to the fact that it APPEARS that Catholics readily side with the GOP. Some may argue that Republicans seem to ignore the poor.

I think the ad rightfully challenges clergy (and all Christians) to be careful regarding their political allegiances. Authentic Christians - Catholics especially - should refrain from being "too Republican" and "too Democrat." Neither party lives up to the Catholic vision of society. A healthy partisan detachment is what we need to be able to challenge BOTH parties to pursue what is right and just.

Let's stay above the fray and accomplish the good work of the Lord!

Tancred said...

Let's not jump to conclusions there, Desmond Drummer, how do you know it's a Bible?

Let's just keep things above board and trust that our enemies are going to do the same things they've always done.

Keep your advice to yourself.

Anonymous said...

Catholic social teaching quite literally is "being generous with other people's money."

Anonymous said...

There's also that whole thing about how 'helping the poor' morphs into cradle to grave dependency