Bishop David Zubik's silence on the extreme actions of a minority of congressional members is, as usual, deafening. Western Pennsylvania congressmen Keith Rothfus, Tim Murphy and Mike Kelly are all, allegedly, family-oriented and devout Catholics. However, they apparently have no problem with the extreme views of the so-called Tea Party, which continues to try to nullify the legitimacy of the presidency of Barack Obama.
And, of course, at the state level, we can add to this list Gov. Tom Corbett and Rep. Mike Turzai -- particularly because of their attempts to make it more difficult for people to vote. Very Christian of them, right?
Bishop Zubik should know that at least half of the Catholics who are politically aware are simply looking for the middle ground. We look at the negative effects of these politicians' actions and wonder how they fit in with a sense of godliness. Pope Francis' comments about the poor and the church being more inclusive are all we wanted to hear. I can only assume that Bishop Zubik and most of the national hierarchy do not wish to comment on extreme political activities to protect themselves politically.
First Published October 18, 2013 8:00 PM