Catholic Politicians: Daschle is out and Steele is in

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We had two significant changes in political leadership this past week regarding Catholic politicians.

One was Tom Daschle – an embarrassment to the word Catholic.  His bishop at one point even wrote him a letter and asked him to stop referring to himself as Catholic.  Oh snap.

Tommy was Barack Obama’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services.  Picked, among other reasons, for his extreme abortion views.  This was the guy Obama wanted to help champion his Freedom of Choice Act.  Well, apparently Mr. Daschle has had some trouble with paying his taxes and some other questionable lobbying activity.  So he’s withdrawing his nomination.

A great day for all babies in the womb.  And a great day for the word “Catholic.”

The other significant change is the pick of Michael Steele as the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee.  Steele, unlike Daschle, is a Catholic politician that one can support in good conscience.

I’ve watched him for years but never knew he was a Catholic – much less a devout one.  He even spent a few years in seminary considering the priesthood before discerning differently.

Anyway, I’m not sure yet if he’s the strong conservative that the Republican party needs right now to get it back on track and save the country.  Time will tell.  But it does seem that he is at least on the right side of all of the non-negotiable moral issues.  Which is a darn good start.  Especially for a “Catholic” politician in this day and age.

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Timaay February 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Great contrast tween 2 public Catholics. Steele is the real thing. He should run for president. The GOP will prosper under him….

Watanabex February 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm

remember, you shall know the tree by its fruit, i haven’t read or heard much about Steele but i hope he truly is the real deal

Raul February 7, 2009 at 9:59 am

I had no idea Steele was Catholic either. I am tired of the Pelosis and the Daschles of the political class trying to re-define what a Catholic is. The Catechism defines what a Catholic is not a politician in DC.

Jessica February 9, 2009 at 1:43 pm

And now instead of Daschle we have Gov. Kathleen Sebeluis, who, in the words of the American Papist is “even-more-radically-pro-abortion” than Daschle. And she’s “Catholic” too. :(

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