I certainly see atheism as far more in tune ideologically with small-government libertarianism than Catholicism can claim to be.
I’m more dubious of Catholics who claim to be conservatives than atheists.
*cough* Michael Pfleger *cough*
I do too. I mean, in a sense, Christianity is like a spiritual socialism. Instead of the rich man’s taxes paying for the poor man’s social services, it’s the spiritually rich man’s death that pays for the spiritually poor man’s sins. A really “conservative” religion would posit that you’ll burn in hell until your sins are paid for, and then when you deserve to go to heaven, you do. Pay your own way, you know? But... whatever. Humans are inconsistent creatures, by and large.
I found this book:
At the same time, the Catholic Church has plenty of history as an established religion used to a cozy relationship with the state.But in reality socialism is a self-centered religion which promotes conceit and is a direct attack on, of all things, charity. Socialism claims to be charity, but it is a strange sort of love which puffs itself up and has the effect of denigrating the efforts which it does not control.
I was not aware that Michael Pfleger claimed to be a conservative.