Speaker John Boehner Will Be Accused of Being a “Cafeteria Catholic”
This morning, Matt Smith and I attended the 112th Congress Bipartisan Prayer Service at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. marking the beginning of Congressman John Boehner (R, OH-08) as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Boehner, who is pro-life and pro-family, follows in the footsteps of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-08) who was neither. The day Pelosi became Speaker she orchestrated a special Mass at Trinity College in D.C. with Father Robert Drinan, S.J. as the homilist. Father Drinan was the one Catholic priest most responsible for the creation of the pro-abortion Catholic majority in the U.S. Congress.
For a number of years Congressman Boehner has been accused of being a “cafeteria Catholic” by the Catholic Left. The origin of the label “cafeteria Catholic” was precisely the kind of Catholic politician who emerged from the legacy of Father Drinan, such as the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D, MA).
The political Left likes to take ideas, turn them inside out, thus making their meaning the opposite of what they signify. The accusations against Boehner, by a group called Catholics for Faithful Citizenship ( yet another fake Catholic group) are these:
- Boehner voted against debt reduction for Africa.
- Boehner voted for the Iraq war.
- Boehner voted for the Budget Reconciliation Act.
It won’t be long before Congressman Boehner, not Speaker Boehner, will once again be on the receiving end of this kind of nonsense.
The service at St. Peter’s this morning was not open to the media — it was not intended to be any kind of celebration of Boehner as Speaker but a start to a new day in Congress.
But, Speaker Boehner knows all too well how he will be treated by left-wing Catholics who despise him for being Republican, pro-life, and opposed to gay marriage. Boehner, however, is a seasoned politician who knows his faith too well to take any note of liberal Catholics who distort the social teaching of the Church.
Deal Hudson is President of Catholic Advocate