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Meet the ‘evangelical’ Catholics who are remaking the GOP
The Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Posted on 06/16/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a Roman Catholic? Or that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a Southern Baptist, not a Latino Catholic? Or that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio worships at both a Catholic parish and an evangelical church?

More importantly, does it matter?

Actually, it does in today’s Republican Party, where a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories.

These prominent Republicans are emblematic of the new religious amalgam that, in many instances, has helped refashion denominational differences that were once almost insurmountable. Look no further than the stunning Virginia primary victory of Dave Brat, a Catholic with degrees from a Reformed Protestant college in Michigan and Princeton Theological Seminary, who took down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week.

Running in a conservative district in the Richmond suburbs, Brat is described as both a Catholic and Calvinist, labels that would be considered incompatible in almost any realm. He’s a champion of a resurgent movement among Catholic intellectuals that seeks to marry Catholic social teaching with free-market economic libertarianism....

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TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: brat; catholics; catholicvote; cruz; gop; tedcruz; va2014

1 posted on 06/16/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This article is all over the place and makes no sense especially in relation to the headline.


2 posted on 06/16/2014 6:59:58 PM PDT by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
More than 50 years after John F. Kennedy’s Catholicism stirred fears that he would be more loyal to the pope than to the people, Catholicism isn’t nearly the political liability it once was.

Being Catholic is what won him the election.

3 posted on 06/16/2014 7:06:51 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
both a Catholic and Calvinist

Is that even possible?
4 posted on 06/16/2014 7:12:35 PM PDT by posterchild (It takes a politician to declare a settled science.)
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To: posterchild
Is that even possible?

No.

5 posted on 06/16/2014 7:18:22 PM PDT by cothrige
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Virginia’s GOP US Senate candidate, Ed Gillespie, might fall into this category.


6 posted on 06/16/2014 7:19:00 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: posterchild; NYer; Salvation

I would say not. I think they are saying he attended Calvinist institutions of higher learning but is now a Catholic.


7 posted on 06/16/2014 7:20:09 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Running in a conservative district in the Richmond suburbs, Brat is described as both a Catholic and Calvinist, labels that would be considered incompatible in almost any realm. He’s a champion of a resurgent movement among Catholic intellectuals that seeks to marry Catholic social teaching with free-market economic libertarianism.

This is not far-fetched. I haven't vetted the following quote, but it is attributed, in describing the Catholic social teaching principle of subsidiarity, to Pope Pius XI: "It is a fundamental principle of social philosophy, fixed and unchangeable, that one should not withdraw from individuals and commit to the community what they can accomplish by their own enterprise and/or industry."

8 posted on 06/16/2014 7:25:44 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is those Unreformed Southern Catholics you need to keep your eyes on. But it has been my personal observation that if a group will play softball or eat with you at a picnic they for the most part aren’t too crazy.

But in politics a persons declared church group often have little to do with reality.

Jimmy Carter claimed Southern Baptist

Nancy Polosi claimed Catholic

Both groups agree that neither represents their views.


9 posted on 06/16/2014 7:33:09 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Them there voices may not be real but they sure have some fun Ideas.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This article is dumb and divisive.


10 posted on 06/16/2014 7:33:34 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This article is dumb and divisive.


11 posted on 06/16/2014 7:33:34 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: ThomasThomas
Jimmy Carter claimed Southern Baptist
Nancy Polosi claimed Catholic
Both groups agree that neither represents their views.

Nancy Pelosi, IS a Roman Catholic and in good standing, she took communion at the Vatican in the last year and does so at her church.

Jimmy Carter very publicly left the Southern Baptists many years ago, and has periodically written against them.

12 posted on 06/16/2014 7:42:45 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12

People who champion abortion, infanticide and sodomy are in a state of mortal sin, regardless of where they take communion.


13 posted on 06/16/2014 7:57:54 PM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: posterchild

Ask Augustine.


14 posted on 06/16/2014 8:11:12 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: posterchild
both a Catholic and Calvinist

Is that even possible?

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NO, it's not.

15 posted on 06/16/2014 8:19:49 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

**More importantly, does it matter?**

Yes, it matters.


16 posted on 06/16/2014 8:54:30 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
These prominent Republicans are emblematic of the new religious amalgam that, in many instances, has helped refashion denominational differences that were once almost insurmountable. Look no further than the stunning Virginia primary victory of Dave Brat, a Catholic with degrees from a Reformed Protestant college in Michigan and Princeton Theological Seminary, who took down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week.

Running in a conservative district in the Richmond suburbs, Brat is described as both a Catholic and Calvinist, labels that would be considered incompatible in almost any realm. He’s a champion of a resurgent movement among Catholic intellectuals that seeks to marry Catholic social teaching with free-market economic libertarianism....


D.J. Conner: [confronted about why he has been sneaking off to church] Mom, I wanted to tell you. I just had some questions about God and stuff.
Roseanne Conner: Well, so why didn't you come to us if you had questions? You know, there's no two better people to answer your questions than me and your Dad.
D.J. Conner: Okay. What religion are we?
Roseanne Conner: I have no idea. Dan?
Dan Conner: Well... my family's Pentecostal on Mom's side, Baptist on my Dad's. Your Mom's Mom was Lutheran and her Dad was Jewish.
D.J. Conner: So what do we believe?
Roseanne Conner: Well... we believe in, ah, being good. So basically we're good people.
Dan Conner: Yeah, but we're not practicing.

17 posted on 06/16/2014 9:13:23 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

**Dave Brat, a Catholic **

BTTT!


18 posted on 06/16/2014 9:29:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: MSF BU

someone should tell their Bishops and Priests and Popes, rather than allow them to serve as examples to the millions of Catholic immigrants flooding the nation over the years.

Treating them like American royalty sends a strong message to Catholic voters.


19 posted on 06/16/2014 10:19:55 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: aposiopetic
I think that is the gist of Tom Woods' book The Church and the Market , which I have had forever but not yet read, well, because...zzzzzz.
20 posted on 06/16/2014 11:17:49 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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>> [Brat is] a champion of a resurgent movement among Catholic intellectuals that seeks to marry Catholic social teaching with free-market economic libertarianism.

Ha!


21 posted on 06/17/2014 12:08:15 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: ansel12

I have no quarrel with you, though I doubt it will happen.


22 posted on 06/17/2014 4:25:47 PM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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