“And then there were all the political scandals, from the ones involving our Governor here in New York, to the Alaskan Governor…“
I may be paraphrasing slightly, but that’s how the deacon at Mass today referenced what he referred to as all the political scandals that rocked the country this year.
In all honesty, the larger point of the homily was lost to me. It rambled, and the acoustics were poor (which has been true of almost every church I’ve ever attended — it seems almost to be intentional), but the deacon began by referencing the tumult which has been so prevalent this year. He went from referencing the economic crisis to political scandals.
I don’t know if he was just trying to touch both the Republicans and the Democrats, but my eyebrows raised when he sought to include Sarah Palin amongst his examples.
Sarah Palin? Really? She was a big source of scandal? Really? In a year that saw Elliot Spitzer lose his job over dalliances with whores? In a year when the shockingly inexperienced Democratic candidate for POTUS was exposed for having unseemly ties to radicals and terrorists and nobody seemed to care?
In an environment like that, Sarah Palin is a good example of a scandal-ridden politician?
It was, to say the least, disappointing. I tried to imagine what it would have been like for her if she’d been in our church today with her family. A good woman of impeccable character and stainless ethics, and she continues to be an object of derision and scorn from people who aren’t fit to say her name aloud much less judge her or label her as scandalous.
But there remains a strain of toxic liberalism flowing through the Catholic Church, and everytime I try to get past my incredulity over Catholics voting for Barack Obama, they go and remind me that, for some Catholics, religion comes second to being partisan Democrats.