|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 ____ ."