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Obama & the Church: Resistance is holy page 2
The crisis of a second Obama administration, by George Weigel

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Yet another threat to the integrity of the Church comes from the re-election of a U.S. vice president who has declared "transgender discrimination" to be "the civil rights issue of our time"; who has openly celebrated the abortion license; who has grossly misrepresented the Church's teaching on life issues; and who is, in myriad ways, an ecclesial embarrassment.

So are Catholic members of the House and Senate who not only vote against truths known by moral reason, but then have the gall to justify their irresponsibility by a faux commitment to "pluralism" or, worse, by recourse to "social-justice Catholicism."

Thus pastors and bishops must continue to explain why the life issues are "social-justice issues," and indeed priority "social justice issues." And some effective way must be found to make clear, publicly, that men and women like Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Nancy Pelosi are living an auto-defined Catholicism so incoherently that their communion with the Catholic Church is severely damaged. Absent such clarity, ill-catechized Catholic voters will continue to misunderstand both the nature of discipleship and the responsibilities of citizenship.

As for the opportunity embedded in this crisis, it is nothing less than to be the Church of the New Evangelization, full-throttle. Shallow, tribal, institutional-maintenance Catholicism is utterly incapable of meeting the challenges that will now come at the Catholic Church from the most aggressively secular administration in American history. Only a robustly, unapologetically evangelical Catholicism, winsomely proposing and nobly living the truths about the human condition the Church teaches, will see us through the next four years.

Radically converted Christian disciples, not one-hour-a-week Catholics whipsawed by an ever more toxic culture, are what this hour of crisis, in both senses of the term, demands.


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George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Weigel's column is distributed by the Denver Catholic Register.