Commentary: What does it mean to be a 'good Catholic'?

Back in the 1980s, during a holiday get-together, one of the family elders, who was known for sweeping declarations, made a sweeping declaration:“You can’t be a Republican,” she said, “and be a good Catholic.”From couch to couch, we looked at each other and smiled gently. This woman in her 70s was upset with the efforts of GOP politicians at the time to cut services to the needy and boost military spending, including nuclear arms. But those of us in the room, good Catholics all, knew it wasn’t that simple.Roman Catholicism may have a pope who has the ex cathedra power, used rarely, to state th…

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