Palin sends Pope Benedict a Shout Out

Sarah Palin on her Facebook page:

I mention in “America By Heart” that National Review is one of my favorite magazines, and I used excerpts of articles by a number of NR writers. Among them is Kathryn Jean Lopez, who always has such wonderful insight into cultural issues, particularly in regard to building a culture of life. I’m honored by her thoughtful review of “America By Heart” and especially by her including it in the same review with Pope Benedict’s new book. You can read her article here.



  • Lewis Kapell

    Can we please have a moratorium on the use of the bizarre term ‘shout out’? I don’t know where it came from, but I have never felt it appropriate for the meaning it seems to carry. There are so many more appropriate terms. What does shouting have to do with anything?

    Oh, and I agree with Dolly. I also have a great deal of respect for Palin but I am getting tired of hearing about her all the time.

    Lewis Kapell

  • DM Reed

    I have much hope for Sarah Palin (and Glenn Beck for that matter) to eventually return to their Catholic faith.
    Why did Sarah Palin go as far to say, “AND ESPECIALLY by her including it in the same review with Pope Benedict’s new book?”
    Why choose those words? Is she thinking about Catholicism in a new way? Is she pondering a swim across the Tiber? Or, since she was baptized Catholic, I guess she doesn’t have to cross the Tiber; she just needs to go to confession.

    It is only pure speculation…Hope to see you in line at the confessional on Saturday, Sarah!

  • Dolly

    I am trying to figure out if this is Palin-mania or Benedict-mania, but seriously, nothing in that fb post warranted mentioning. It wasn’t much of a “shout out” to Benedict (which makes me think this is Benedict-mania) but it also wasn’t much of anything by Palin (indicates Palin-mania). The non-stop coverage of this woman’s every burp is really bordering on insanity. I thought she was exciting when she first came on the scene. Now she is everywhere and I’m getting so sick of her.

  • Alicia

    Like of dislike Mrs. Palin, I am taking my hat off for the courage she has shown from being a mum, wife and simply a great American modern woman, yet full of traditional value. Go Sarah!!!!! I mean Mrs. Palin, God Bless you and your extended family.

  • David

    I’m no liberal and I have never voted for a democrat but I very seriously dislike Sara Palin. She belongs to an antiCatholic religion and on top of that is an apostate who rejects the Church. How can I like someone like that?

    • Bruce

      Hello David. (1) Do you love her? Remember, it is possible to love someone you dislike, as love is an act of the will while liking/disliking is a purely emotional response. We are called to love everyone, enemy and friend alike. So if you are Christian, especially a Catholic, you are called to love all human beings, even those you dislike. I love Cecil Richards, though I dislike her work in Planned Parenthood and I hate the sin of abortion. I still have to love her though she makes me violently ill. She is a human being, made in the image and likeness of God, and Jesus called us to love her and everyone else (even if they spit on us, mock us, beat us, and kill us). That is a hard thing to do, isn’t it? But we have no choice. It is either His way or the highway, partner. So, what is your decision?

    • George

      A mature approach to your “quandry” would be to stop judging her by emotion and judge on how her concerns as a politician coincide with yours as a Catholic.

      Do you evaluate all politicians based on their private beliefs and lives. Then certainly you’ll never vote for the divorced and remarried.
      Her religion may be overtly anti-Catholic as you claim. (But strictly speaking so is every religion (to varying degrees) which rejects the claims of Christ’s true Church.
      Meanwhile, have you ever heard her state something anti-Catholic?

      That said, you do have a point in that many Americans vote in an immature way based on emotion. Even if she is great on the issues, I think too many people mindlessly hate her. These are the same mindless people that elected the man who is now destroying our nation.

      • Pamela

        Sarah Palin would destroy our nation. She is unpatriotic the way she constantly goes after every policy our President tries to make. I would even call her a traitor. Is that reason enough not to like her? I would say yes.
        “By attacking the democratically elected President of the United States of America at a sensitive time in her country’s history, she shows the tact of a boorish drunkard bawling obscenities at a funeral….”

        And now she turns not only against the fibre and backbone of her country, but against its democratically elected President, accusing him of being incompetent for not stopping Wikileaks. Where was she and where was her GOP before and during the 9/11 attacks? She accuses President Obama of not taking “steps” to assure the leaks were not published. What “steps”?……

        If anything is a threat to the national security of the United States of America, it is this screaming, unrefined oaf with as much class as a searing release of flatulence followed by hysterical giggling at a state banquet. Is this what the people of the USA deserve?

        To attack the President of the country at a time when the USA needs to close ranks and stand together to consolidate the enormous strides his (President Obama’s) intelligent and respectful approach has achieved in building bridges, when her party’s period in government bombed them, Spankin’ Sarah Palin comes across as a pitifully inadequate anachronism from the times of the Far West.”

        The American Press won’t say what the International Press will for a variety of reasons, but suffice it to say that there are many agendas at play here, causing truth to take a back-seat to dollars. As a noted US media critic once said, “everything to sell and nothing to tell.” And what a shame, because this isn’t about partisanship or even elitism; it’s about patriotism and who better to cover this issue than our domestic press?

        Ms Palin cloaks her myth in her flag, but one has to question just what that symbol represents to Ms Palin, given that she won’t stop attacking this country’s sitting President during each crisis that presents itself. The word patriotism derives from the Greek patriōtēs meaning “fellow countryman”; that would include all of us, even President Obama. I’m afraid Ms Palin and her followers conflate their false community of nationalism with patriotism, and under the guise of said nationalism, justify harming America’s standing in the world along with the very unity of our nation. One can’t help but question Ms Palin’s true motives, along with her jingoistic, tabloid-driven patriotism, since she beats this drum of division in each public appearance she makes.

        One wonders, can Sarah Palin can see what the Russians see: a shrill, desperate demagogue more interested in making money and getting famous than in the best interests of her country; a woman so jealous of a sitting President that she takes every blow her country faces and exploits it, turning it into an even more negative, frightening moment while distracting from the real work – never once stepping into the debate to lead, to soothe, to unite.

        • Bruce

          You said: “She is unpatriotic the way she constantly goes after every policy our President tries to make”. I am no Republican nor Democrat, but have Democrats ever “constantly gone after every policy” a Republican president has ever made? Recently? Ever? Methinks you may have a mighty short memory. None of this is new, and both sides do it “constantly”. It isn’t treason. Its much worse. Its politics.

          • Pamela

            You can say what you want Bruce, but you are a Republican. You may say you are Independent. Yet you are a Republican, otherwise you would be able to see this for yourself. If you can’t? Then you are blinded by your partisanship and the party you make excuses for.

            Never once has Ms Palin shown her love for this great country by standing by it and her President in a time of need. Instead, she views each crisis as a cynical opportunity to sow the seeds of division among fellow countrymen. During the oil spill crisis, she took to Fox News to spew nonsense about the Dutch not getting their phone calls received, claiming she knew how to fix the leak if only the President had called on her. Of course, since she was on Fox News, no one bothered to ask her why, then, she did nothing to stop the oil spills that took place during her brief tenure as Governor of Alaska.

            When she went to Hong Kong for a speaking engagement, Ms. Palin attacked her President on foreign soil during a time of war. On her first book tour, Palin and her entourage of hit men (aka, her father, et al) attacked the Commander in Chief on military bases. In times of major decisions regarding the war in Afghanistan, Palin has mocked the President when he followed the course of action recommended by his Generals. On 9/11, Palin bashed the President. In her speeches, Ms Palin is sure to remind her followers that Obama’s foreign policy is weakening America while she accuses the President of not loving his country. During the WikiLeaks crisis, Palin blamed the President instead of calling for a united front for our country.

            Ms Palin and her followers justify this unpatriotic behavior by claiming the President is “un-American”. We all know what that’s about but if we’re left with any doubt, we have only to listen to Ms Palin assure her listeners that they have every right to ask for the President’s birth certificate.

            And here she is just weeks ago suggesting that the failure to vet the President and his associations has harmed our democracy. Talk about projection.

            Ms Palin’s heavily moderated Facebook page was just months ago full of comments calling for the death of our President, sedition, and the overthrowing of the Obama administration as being God’s will. Those comments were left standing while comments questioning Ms Palin in any way were scrubbed. Ms Palin stands for a level of vitriolic, simmering revulsion so steeped in delusions of self-righteousness, it’s tough to swim to sanity once you’ve been washed in the blood her particular lamb.

            We are at war, facing a global economic crisis, still reeling from a devastating oil spill and now facing the challenges brought on by the WikiLeaks dump. Yet, on every issue of importance, Palin has inserted herself with jarring accusations against the President, offering nothing but malicious hate fueled by a failure to understand what she doesn’t understand.

            Ms Palin’s particular brand of tabloid patriotism leaves out anyone who disagrees with her, beats her in a contest, dares to question her, or has the temerity to actually read and debate important issues. She’s become an international embarrassment:

            “If Sarah Palin is not some kind of a massive political joke in the USA, wheeled out to liven up the political scene from time to time with nonsensical and pastiche (one hopes) displays of sheer and utter ignorance, then it is worrying.”



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