Mark Shea has posted several commentaries in recent days at the National Catholic Register website slamming Catholic political conservatives using unfair caricatures and false assumptions. He obviously does not understand the people with whom he disagrees and he doesn't mind spreading that ignorance to his reading audience. He assigns the worst motives to conservatives and uses false logic to make his points. Pat Archibald offers a great rebuttal to Shea at the same website. Below is a excerpt to which I agree wholeheartedly:
"I am a Catholic. I call myself a conservative. I put my Church first and my party about 108th. I prefer small government because I believe it protects our God given liberties, including our religious liberties, best. I believe in the Constitution. Not because it is a document handed on from on high but because it was written by men who understood what dastardly deeds of which men with power are capable. Moreover, I support the Constitution because it is the arrangement to which we all agreed. Until that changes, it should still apply..."To read the whole piece click here.
"I believe in free enterprise, not because I hate poor people, but because I think that it offers the best chance at prosperity for the most people. Does it eliminate inequity? Surely not. However, all the other systems I have seen tried produce even more inequity or even worse. So free enterprise seems like the best idea."
"I believe in a strong defense, but a strong defense that never subjugates the dignity of any individual to a greater good. No ifs, ands, or buts. No way. No how."