Rorate Caeli

Fill in the blank: "I'm a Catholic, but I'm not a Catholic _____"

President Éamon de Valera greets Pope John XXIII (1961)

This week, the pro-death Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland made history when he became the first non-Catholic head of government since the Free State was founded, in 1922 (there have been a couple of Protestant Presidents).

Non-Catholic? Well, here is what he said:

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has declared that he is "a Taoiseach who happens to be Catholic but not a Catholic Taoiseach" after criticism by the Church of his abortion Bill.
[Independent]

We had never realized how incredibly convenient this is: a Catholic can be a non-Catholic in different parts of his life. "I am a person who happens to be Catholic, but not a Catholic person." For instance, an abortion practitioner might say, "I am a Catholic, but not when I am performing abortions": natural law and morals end where each different part of my life, such as my job, begins. One might call it "Kennolicism".

So, please take part in our game: "I'm Catholic, but I'm not a Catholic ____ ."

36 comments:

New Catholic said...

"I'm Catholic, but I'm not a Catholic Liberal"

That was surprisingly easy.

Liam Ronan said...

Just as a brief aside, Enda Kenny was emboldened by J.F. Kennedy's tortured theological gymnastics.
Here is the Irish Independent news article:
http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/echoes-of-great-jfk-in-endas-triumphant-battle-cry-29341312.html

Traditio7 said...

Wow, that is quite a mindless statement! Not to mention humorous how the liberals justify their actions. Ok, I'll take a crack at it: I'm a Catholic but not a Catholic who does not practice. That was pretty easy!

Liam Ronan said...

I humbly suggest that the non-Irish readers of this blog go to the url I've posted (above) to get the tenor of the backslapping Enda Kenny is receiving in the Irish press for his 'Ich bin kein Katolik' speech. Shocking!

James Kohn said...

I'm a Catholic but not a Catholic who purports to hold to the "spirit" of Vatican II.

Alan Aversa said...

I'm Catholic, but not a "Catholic" Modernist.

danhesko said...

As the Queen said to Alice
"I try to believe 6 impossible things each day before breakfast".

Mari Kate said...

I'm a Catholic, but not a Catholic part-time.
I think its called: Luke 9:23-27

"And he said to all: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; for he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, and cast away himself? For he that shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him the Son of man shall be ashamed, when he shall come in his majesty, and that of his Father, and of the holy angels. But I tell you of a truth: There are some standing here that shall not taste death, till they see the kingdom of God."

Jesus did not say to do this except on certain days of the week, nor did He say except when it is inconvenient.

Adfero said...

I am Catholic, but not a Democrat Catholic. Easy as well.

Bill said...

He might mean that he acts as though he's non-Catholic when he sins.

Eric said...

I am Catholic but not a Catholic human being.

MichaelOhio said...

"I'm Catholic, but I'm not a Catholic Idiot"

Muv said...

"I'm a Catholic, but not a Catholic to die for my Faith."

If he has his way babies will die for his non-Catholicism.

Angelo said...

I am Catholic but a Traditionalist who is not anti-Vatican ll, who is a diehard anti-modernist, who loves the Church and is not afraid to speak out, who enjoys being opposed for the sake of the truth of Jesus Christ. I will stop here for the sake of brevity.

Picard said...

Well, that´s the problem with Dignitatis Humanae (rel. liberty):

Even a priest from the FSSP, who tried to defend this Vat.II document, said once to me and others (so I was an ear-witness):

A politician is only a Catholic insofar he is a (privat) person - he is not Catholic in his office as a politican as such / as beeing a politician / insofar he is a politician.

TTC said...

Ha.

I'm a Catholic but I am not a Catholic dictator.

The difference between Enda and Herod would be what?

Miles said...

Well, Sir, may I say you can’t serve two Lords?...

Orate Fratres said...

I am a Catholic who is not not Catholic. Does this make me Catholic again as two negatives make a positive ? I am confused now ?!?

Bernonensis said...

I am a Catholic, but not an "I am a Catholic, but not a Catholic who is a Catholic" Catholic.

Orate Fratres said...

I am not a Catholic who is not Catholic.......... Mmmmm......... No I think that still makes me Catholic....... Still confused....... What about I am a Catholic not I am not a Catholic....... Nah still makes me Catholic...... I give up, I think its easier to be just a Catholic who adheres to the truth in ALL parts of my life, yep, that wasn't so hard afterall !

Orate Fratres said...

How about I am not a Catholic who is not Catholic .........nah that still makes me Catholic......... I think I'll just be a Catholic who tries to adhere to the truth in all aspects of my life, there, that wasn't so hard afterall ! On a more serious note organisers estimated 50,000 people at the pro life vigil in Dublin last Saturday.........who are now being totally ignored ! Please pray for us

Jonathan said...

I am Catholic but not a Catholic Angel.

mic said...

Io sono cattolica ma non sono una cattolica conciliarista.

Eric said...

I'm a (c)atholic not a (C)atholic.

Katalina said...

How about this "I am a Catholic Modernist" who will not practice my Faith in the public square and on that note the Church should STAY out of Irish politics" ?

Edward said...

Instead of going after Father Feeney in the 1950s they should have gone after JFK, RFK and the Kennedy clan

Malta said...

Some Catholics are Christians and some are not...

poeta said...

This is the kernel of Modernism, isn't it? Exactly what St. Pius X wrote about in Pascendi.

Eric said...

@Edward: They should've gone after Fr. Feeney AND the Kennedys.

Fernando. said...

That's exactly the kind of thinking that the clergy have been promoting for decades.

"We don't want Catholic parties but Catholics in the parties", with this motto the clergy destroyed every single Catholic political movement around the world and they keep doing it today.

So, no "Kennolicism" here, just normal official Church's approach on how Catholics have to take part in politics. Don't blame the diligent pupil, blame the master.

fizz wizz said...

I am a catholic but not a catholic when it makes me popular

Catholicus said...

I'm a Catholic but not a Catholic diner - this distinction can usefully be employed on days of fast and abstincence when visiting restaurants.

I'm a Catholic but not a Catholic husband - to be used when visiting Las Vegas.

Jeanne Holler said...

I am a Catholic but not a cafeteria Catholic !

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proudconservativecatholic said...

I'm a Catholic but not a Catholic who who wants our Church to be strong-armed into changing our fundamental tenets and beliefs to appease those with a low moral compass. If you don't believe in the teachings of the Church, or live your life through those beliefs why would you want to be a Catholic?

Gospelplough said...

I actually wish all BS Catholic public figures would be this clear! Especially Joe and Nancy or maybe even some of our Bishops, Priests and Cardinals!