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6:21 am - 12/14/2012
Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Blasts Catholic Church For Creating A ‘Culture Of Dependency On Government, Not God’

In a little-noticed September speech at the Cherish Life Ministries Christian Life Summit, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II
(R), the state Republican Party’s apparent choice for governor in 2013, took aim at the Catholic Church for its advocacy on behalf of the poor, immigrants, and the uninsured. Because the Church’s leadership has advocated for the government to provide a social safety net, a role he believes is the responsibility of the Catholic Church itself, Cuccinelli said, “they have made themselves out to be nothing but the largest special interest group in America.”

Though the gathering was titled “Defending the ‘Least of These,’” Cuccinelli, a devout Catholic, blasted his church for attempting to do just that:

I’m probably not the guy most Catholic bishops care to see anymore because I zero-in on them every time I spot them in the room
and they get sort of the three-minute version of the church piece of this. They’ve helped create a culture of dependency on
government, not God. And rarely do you see the two – once churches get out of the business of serving the poor, or not get out of the business but hand over and argue that they shouldn’t be the primary institution in a society that is responsible for service to the poor.

The comments convey his extreme view that the government should not provide services to those with the least. But when he claims that
churches are asking the government “to step up and take on their role,” Cuccinelli unfairly suggests the Catholic Church has abdicated its own role in helping the poor. Through Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Church supports a wide array of programs aimed at reducing poverty in America. These include programs providing housing for the homeless, helping formerly homeless people rebuild their lives, and distributing food to the hungry. Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney praised their vital work in serving the nation’s poor. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development also gives millions of dollars in grants annually to programs that work to address the root causes of poverty in America.

A spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told ThinkProgress that in 2010, Catholic Charities USA provided food services to more than 7 million people, housing services to almost 500,000, and emergency services including assistance with clothing and prescription drug purchases to nearly 2 million.

Rev. Gerry Creedon, pastor at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City, Virginia, told ThinkProgress that the Church can’t do it all
alone. “Not everything can be done with charity,” he explained, “The tithes of our church can’t deal with the housing crisis [or hunger]. Those are issues that goes beyond private donations.” He noted that the 1986 pastoral letter from the nation’s Catholic bishops “Economic Justice for All,” lays out the reasoning for the Church’s longstanding commitment to supporting public policies that reduce unemployment, poverty and other forms of economic inequality.

The September remarks were not the first time Cuccinelli has been openly critical of the Catholic Church’s focus on economic justice. In a June 2011 speech to the Virginia Christian Association, he mocked the Arlington Catholic Herald for including in its voter guides both issues like poverty assistance and health care access for the uninsured, in addition to the issues he deems more important, such as abortion. From a moral standpoint, abortion, he told them, was a much more important political issue than poverty and hunger. “For people who take seriously those considerations when they vote, it’s acceptable to distinguish between them,” he told them, “In fact, I would suggest to you that in your role, part of your role is to distinguish between them.”
eveofrevolution 14th-Dec-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)

Gaaaaaah I hate this man. How about NO re: him running for governor. Sick of Republicans running shit around here, seriously. /bitter Virginian
iamrosalita 15th-Dec-2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Right there with you. I'm terrified that Kookinelli is going to be our next governor. He'll make Governor Bob look like a flaming liberal by comparison.
shadwrayvn 14th-Dec-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
i am a Catholic who has many issues with my own religion & the people running it but seriously? We created a culture of people dependent on the Government?


>.< Why do the stupid people speak the loudest? Why seriously just why?
bananainpyjamas 14th-Dec-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
He mocked the Arlington Catholic Herald for including in its voter guides both issues like poverty assistance and health care access for the uninsured, in addition to the issues he deems more important, such as abortion.

I mean it's not like policies that address poverty and health care access might reduce the need for abortion. The really important thing here is punishing women who dare to have sex and making sure they can't get any help in raising their "mistakes."
poetic_pixie_13 14th-Dec-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
a_phoenixdragon 14th-Dec-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
What the fuck. First of all - separation of Church and State. Second of all - they take care of all the people our GOVERNMENT should be taking care of, considering the same government puts most of the people in our country in such horrid positions in the first place. Third of all, shame on him for shaming THEM. They are doing a great service and fantastic work.

They are not a political body here. But they CAN ask the political body to step up and do their part. As for abortion, there is no way in FUCK the church is stepping into THAT one. We all know their views. And inflamming the situation is not going to help.

Fuck this asshole.
tabaqui 14th-Dec-2012 09:55 pm (UTC)

So basically the Catholic Church is supposed to feed, clothe, house, and provide emergency and on-going health care services *and* help pay utilities in really cold/hot months for EVERY SINGLE POOR PERSON IN THE US.

Instead of the govt.
Right. Yeah. Uh-huh.

blackjedii 14th-Dec-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
hate him hate him hate him hate him hate him

Am terribly concerned that he will very well become the next governor, seeing as how McDonnell hasn't done anything too outrageous outside of that whole probe deal (and obvs. that only affects "bad" girls who deserve punishment) and the Democratic candidate doesn't have Mark Warner to back him.

hate him hate him
fishphile 15th-Dec-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
It's interesting because all the other leading Republicans hate him too. Bill Bolling won't endorse him because he is concerned that Ken would be a bad leader.

Terry is an awful candidate imo, but every time I mention Ken is running, people go "ugh, I'm going to have to vote for Terry." Unfortunately, it's said grudgingly. I think it will all be on turn out.
blackjedii 15th-Dec-2012 12:07 am (UTC)
I think it is more that Bolling is just butthurt that he didn't get the nomination instead.

I just look at people and be like, "Ken is afraid of boobies. He didn't even want them on our state seal."

Like seriously, how can you be patriotic and not like our state seal's boobie?
fishphile 15th-Dec-2012 03:51 am (UTC)
Naw, from what I can put together people wanted Bill to run and he just didn't want to.
blackjedii 15th-Dec-2012 03:52 am (UTC)

hate them

i miss rick boucher ;.;

fishphile 15th-Dec-2012 03:58 am (UTC)
I miss Tom Perriello. *is sad with you*
blackjedii 15th-Dec-2012 03:59 am (UTC)


iamrosalita 15th-Dec-2012 12:34 am (UTC)
I was really disappointed that Tom Periello decided not to run. I'm not wild about Terry, but I'll vote him, of course.
fishphile 15th-Dec-2012 03:56 am (UTC)
I am such a Tom supporter. He was my congressman. I still think his loss stings him.
tigerdreams 14th-Dec-2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
From a moral standpoint, abortion, he told them, was a much more important political issue than poverty and hunger.

Fuck yourself with a power drill. Controlling women's bodies and sexuality is "more important" than helping people not starve or freeze to death?

Is it just me, or are Republicans becoming more willing to ACTUALLY SAY all the horrible things we've known all along they believe?

Edited at 2012-12-14 11:50 pm (UTC)
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