Mitt Romney Converts to Catholicism

Okay, not exactly. But he did say that he feels as if he is Catholic during a campaign stop on Wednesday. He said we all are.

In case you have not already seen the video, Romney said in Ohio:

Religious liberty — our first freedom of those enumerated in the Bill of Rights. And the president and his administration said they are going to usurp your religious freedom by demanding that you provide products to your employees, if you’re the Catholic Church, that violates your own conscience.
And so whether it’s a Catholic businessperson or the Catholic Church itself they’re being told what they have to do that violates their religious conscience. That attack on religious freedom I think is a dangerous and unfortunate precedent.
And I know we’re not all Catholic in this room. Many presumably are. But I feel that we’re all Catholic today. In our battle to preserve religious freedom and tolerance and freedom in this country, it is essential for us to push back against that.

The comments were well received — if you consider a standing ovation a warm reception. It was followed by a “Say it again” from the audience after applause. “I will say it again,” Romney said. “That’s one more good reason to get rid of Obamacare. And I’m going to get that done the first day I’m in office.”

This was not his first comment on the HHS Mandate religious-liberty fight, but his strongest, most spirited yet.

Romney’s “We’re all Catholics” comment on Wednesday could not have been better timed. It was the same day that evangelical Wheaton College joined the Catholic University of America in suing the federal government in Washington D.C. federal district court.

It’s worth pointing out that Romney is not a latter-day defender of religious liberty, having come up against ideological challenges to it while he was governor of Massachusetts. His comments Wednesday serve as a reminder that this election matters in ways that run much deeper than what party is in the White House.

The House of Representatives has been a powerhouse of attention to this issue, with Nebraska Republican Jeff Fortenberry in the lead, with an ecumenical, bipartisan coalition supporting his conscience-rights legislation. Speaker of the House John Boehner has insisted that the “If the president does not reverse the Department’s attack on religious freedom, then the Congress, acting on behalf of the American people and the Constitution we are sworn to uphold and defend, must.” That would be a lot more possible to do with a Senate that would support him and a president who would sign conscience protection.

Do we value religious liberty as we have or not? That’s the choice.

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21 thoughts on “Mitt Romney Converts to Catholicism

  1. Toni Jo Talbot says:

    Before you embrace Romney to your bosoms, please investigate the
    story that he has communicated over the decades concerning the death of Leola Anderson, the wife of his boss, in a car crash in France in 1968, Romney (who was driving) claims that “a drunken Catholic priest named ‘Albert Marie’”)came speeding toward the car Romney was driving at ’120 kilometers an hour’ (75 mph)and crashed head-on into the Romney vehicle. In reality, the driver of the other vehicle was a Bishop Vilnet – a highly-respected individual who received the French Legion of Honor for his lifelong service, among other awards. This gentleman was waiting to make a turn, and the young, impetuously-arrogant Mitt Romney apparently pulled out of HIS lane to speed around the vehicle ahead of him – but hit the Bishop instead. Romney has systematically told this lie for over 40 years,also claiming that ‘Father Albert Marie’ is long-dead’ when, in fact, Bishop Vilnet is still alive, at the age of 90. I certainly can’t imagine voting for a creature who would not only vilify my church with such a lie, but who also has the effrontery to state “We’re all Catholics,” when in fact, the Mormons regard the Catholic Church as “Satan’s Church.” Just bear this in mind before you are “mesmerized” into voting for someone because he says what you want to hear in order to to get elected…

  2. Chris says:

    I see a lot of Catholics supporting Romney. Not sure if they shouldn’t but I can tell you that the Mormon temple ceremony was practically plagiarized from the Masonic rites. Every single sign, token, and penalty was taken from Masonry. The True Order of Prayer, the rapping of the mallet, and the Five Points of Fellowship are all Masonic in origin.

    The Catholic Church has imposed the penalty of excommunication on Catholics who become Freemasons or embrace masonic principles. The penalty of excommunication for joining the Masonic Lodge was explicit in the 1917 code of canon law (canon 2335), and it is implicit in the 1983 code (canon 1374) which is still in force to this day.” There is no excommunication for being gay or supporting abortion but it does apply for Masonic principles, rites and the lodge.

    Should Catholics vote for Romney the former Mormon Bishop? Well, it depends on how much Catholics understand their faith.

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  4. Charles says:

    Site seems to be a codpiece for politically conservative catholics. Look at doctrine if you are really catholic…NO party is in line with Catholic beliefs to the degree that they should receive catholic endorsement. Thats why sites like this are moot, and nothing more than political manipulation of well-intentioned faithful. Period.

    1. John_Betelgeuse says:

      But support by individuals is not the equivalent of a Catholic endorsement.

      Your point, what I can deduce of it, is a straw man.

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