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Rick Santorum has embraced Spanish priest behind devout Catholic group Opus Dei

 
In January 2002, prominent Catholics from around the world gathered in Rome to celebrate the Spanish priest who founded one of the church’s most conservative and devout groups, Opus Dei.

The event drew cardinals, bishops and other powerful Vatican officials. And among those invited to speak was a future presidential candidate: Rick Santorum, whose faith had become so essential to his politics that on federal documents he listed the trip, paid for by an Opus Dei foundation, as part of his official duties as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.

In a speech at the gathering, Santorum embraced the ideas of Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva, who had urged ordinary Catholics to bring an almost priestly devotion to Catholic principles in every realm of life and work.

During Senate debates about abortion, Santorum told the audience in Rome, he hears Escriva telling him that “it is not true that there is opposition between being a good Catholic and serving civil society faithfully.” In his public fight to uphold “absolute truths,” Santorum said, “blessed Josemaria guides my way.”

“ ‘As long as you are making straight for your goal, head and heart intoxicated with God, why worry . . . ?’ ” Santorum said, quoting Escriva, according to a transcript of the speech.

Within the story of how Santorum grew up and decided to run for president, there is the story of a boy who grew up to become ever more devoutly Catholic, a journey all the more relevant as Santorum has vigorously asserted a role for religious conviction in the realm of governance. [more]

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Washington Post

 

 
 
 
 

4 Comments

  1. Ron Bohr says:

    Anyone is free to go to any event they wish. But it is not a part of a legislator’s job. This is why we have a first amendment, shows how Sanctorum doesn’t understand it, and why attempting to prevent insurance coverage for people who disagree with your theology is a very, very bad idea.

  2. Warren Perrotto says:

    Jimmy Carter did the same thing; he even continue to teach Sunday School while in office. Of course, no one responded to him. We need to give witness to our Catholic Faith. Everyone else expresses his/her voice on issues, as soon as a devout Catholic does we have to make sure he/she is silenced. Just the ones who see their faith as rendering to Ceasar have the say and control.

  3. JakeJones says:

    Very scary guy. Not who we need as president of a free society.

  4. Tony says:

    This proves to me, without a doubt that Santorum is a right wing nut job.

 
 

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