I don’t watch or listen to him, but it seems he’s really lit-out at his former denomination, the largest single one in the world and America (and, full disclosure, my former one too). Faithful America.org reports:
‘Beck linked social justice to communism and Nazism and urged people to leave their congregations, saying “I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can.” People of faith across the spectrum are fighting back against these outrageous smears, signing petitions and going on cable news to tell the truth about social justice, and now Beck has responded by ramping up his hateful rhetoric and threatening to bring down “the hammer” on those who challenge him.’
The official website of the U.S. Catholic Bishops (Western and Eastern “Rites”) is here, where today there’s quite a mixed bag of “liberal” and “conservative” social concern, none surprising. (Damn, can’t those bishops decide which party they want to be for! I kid: Of course, they see themselves as transpartisan … though they went ballistic en masse on live national TV after the American voters succeeded in reclaiming the White House in 2008 for the first time since the 1996 election.) And of course, before there were “websites,” there was the “web” of Catholic Base Church Communities in Latin America, for a bright shining moment with the blessing of their important multinational bishops’ conference, CELAM.
OK, technically a bishops’ conference isn’t a “church” in Mr. Beck’s terminology. So try the Vatican’s own Council for Justice … AND PEACE yet!!!! It’s gone a bit conservative since the salad days of Vatican II, official Liberation Theology, and Blessed Pope John XXIII (as he is officially regarded by the RCC, i.e., one “confirmed miracle” away from Sainthood), but they still officially try to take recent past Social Teaching very seriously (hence their frequent verbal gymnastics to accommodate the U.S. Republican Party without declaring John, Leo XIII, and others heretics).
As for the blovious Bill Donohue of the so-called Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, he’s so politically compromised himself that rather than defend Catholic religious and civil rights, as he usually claims to do, he must serve as a Beck apologist. The League should fire Donohue like the Franciscans fired St. Francis.
Of course, Fox News Channel hasn’t so much cultivated friendship with religion as with “conservative” Protestant and “conservative” Catholic religion. Beck’s tirades remind me of a Fundamentalist magazine from the ’80s or so that attacked liberal religion and Liberation Theology so unrecognizably that I laughed to think I just might use it as a list of outfits to seek work with after grad school anyway (in my pre-Orthodox days)! It must’ve been Rupert Murdoch’s FNC prospectus or something! 😉
PS: Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Glenn and Bill! Great timing, fellas, right up there with Denny’s!