Aug 30, 2008

Sarah Palin was baptized Catholic as baby but was raised Protestant

Time magazine's August 14 phone interview (click on this post's title) with Senator John McCain's August 29 pick as his VP running mate, pro-life Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, contains these significant questions and answers:

"What's your religion? Christian.

Any particular...? No. Bible-believing Christian.

What church do you attend? A non-denominational Bible church. I was baptized Catholic as a newborn and then my family started going to non-denominational churches throughout our life."

Okay, so let's not let anyone try to tell us that Sarah Palin is an "ex-Catholic." She is a baptized Catholic, and it was her parents' doing that she's not a practicing Catholic today.

The far-left web sites and blogspots, along with the news [sic] media, are already investigating Sarah Palin's local church, and all the way through Election Day they will be calling it crazy.

Like Obama's church-for-20-years (remember the Rev. Jeremiah Wright?) wasn't crazy!

And like Obama VP pick Joe Biden's (and Nancy Pelosi's) sacrilegious delusion of a "baby-killing-is-no-bar-to-Communion" Catholic Church isn't crazy!


Blogger Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Nicely said Q.
These situations always make be profoundly sad. When parents have infants baptized, they promise to raise them in the Faith. While it looks like hers dropped the ball, it is evident that the baptismal grace is still at work. (I would take 100 'ex-Catholics' like Sarah over 1 'devout Catholic' like Biden.)

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My question is what will the far right say about Gov. Palin's daughter's pregnancy? When Miss Spears announced her pregnancy earlier this year they attacked her mother for not being a good mother. Will this same standard hold?

8:09 PM  
Blogger Leticia said...

Interesting. . .I love the way Sarah lives her Christian and pro-life convictions, but to think if she gets to DC she'll be close to the master of politiians who convert to Catholicism; Fr. C John McCloskey of the Catholic Information Center. . .maybe we'll get her back.
That would make me WAY prouder than sharing a pew with Joe Biden, that CINO (Catholic in name only).

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Jose said...

I am Catholic. Having said that, I think that Sarah Palin's Christianity is more in line with my faith because Biden is pro-abortion. He is a phony Catholic.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Reverend and Dear Father Richtsteig,

Thank you, and may I offer a "nicely said" to you for noting that "it is evident that the baptismal grace is still at work" in Sarah Palin.

God bless you very, very much, and everyone in your flock. Thank you so much for being a priest!

10:27 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 8:09 p.m.,

"Far right" and "pro-life" are not synonymous -- although "far left" and "pro-abortion" usually are.

Pro-lifers always praise every mom who lets her baby be born.

I saw no comments from any pro-lifers about the mom of Jamie Lynn Spears and Britney Spears. I do know that the mom was very supportive of Jamie Lynn -- so it would be really unlikely that pro-lifers would criticize her.

After all, lots of moms of teens force their daughters to submit to aborting the babies -- who are those teens' mons' granddaughters.

The only comments from pro-lifers about Jamie Lynn Spears that I saw praised her for letting her baby, Maddie, be born.

By the way, we know what the far left, personified by Obama, cruelly says about such moms and babies: If his daughters "make a mistake," he doesn't want them "punished with a baby."

10:43 PM  
Blogger Kozaburo said...

Hi Q,

I'd just add that "baptised Christian" might be a more accurate term overall, since we believe in one baptism (in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) for the forgiveness of sins.

Ex-Catholic is a fair characterization since her parents left the Church, bringing her along, although your point is well taken.

In any case, she's a bona-fide role model. There's a lot Catholics can learn from "nondenominational" Christians

10:51 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Leticia,

Yes, wouldn't that be wonderful?

I've read that Fr. McCloskey is not at the Catholic Info. Center anymore; but I haven't been able to find out where he is.

If anyone knows his present assignment and what he is up to, please drop a comment here!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Jose,

Yes, being pro-life is so essential.
The pro-life position is in tune with the Author of Life. The pro-abortion position is not.

The American Life League's picket signs say it all: "You Can't Be Catholic and Pro-Abortion."

11:01 PM  
Anonymous DAve said...

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2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, Quintero, you read the wrong story.

According to Newsweek Magazine, Palin was a Catholic for 16 years, until she started going to a Pentecostal Church. She then started at a Bible Church a few years ago.

What you may not realize in L.A. -- I am a Catholic from Pa. -- is that these people believe that Catholics are not Christians, that they are apostates, that the Pope is equivalent to the Devil. (Read Sinclair Lewis' "Elmer Gantry" for context).

In 1960, a group of evangelical ministers met in Geneva, Switzerland, to plot ways in which they could derail John F. Kennedy's presidency. They included Rev. Billy Graham and Rev. Norman Vincent Peale ("The Power of Positive Thinking")

Today, right-wing Catholics like those on this blog have aligned themselves with those very people, just because they support abortion.

My message to them is what the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin called "The Consistent Ethic of Life" a belief that was adopted by Pope John Paul II. Pro Life includes opposition to abortion, opportion to capital punishment, opposition to unjust war (like that in Iraq, one that John Paul called "an affront to humanity"), opposition to nuclear weapons ...

Just Google it and you will receive an education.

Catholic in Pa.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Better an "ex-Catholic" that is pro-Life than a Catholic who doesn't uphold the teachings of the Church.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Sarah Palin is a member of the Pentecostal Assembly of God church (or AG as they refer to themselves). I was raised this religion from birth and attended regularly through my teen years. From my first hand knowledge and experience, I can tell you that those who attend that church are extreme fundamentalists.

They believe that Jews and people from all other religions other than some protestant faiths will go to hell. This includes Catholics. You will not "get her back" as one person wrote. They will cover up this fact during this election, but what I'm telling you is the truth.

I left that religion because they are so judgmental and un-christian like. I now teach music at a catholic school and attend a non-denominational church, but it is NOT pentecostal. My brother converted to Catholicism and my parents attend his parish.

It frightens me and my family that this woman (or anyone from AG) has been nominated and could potentially be in the most powerful position in the world.

Please, please...don't let one single issue be your deciding factor. I don't believe in abortion either, but this election is truly about much, much more than that.

I suggest that each one of you attend a Sunday morning church service at an Assembly of God church. Don't tell anyone who you are or why you're visiting. Just quietly sit in the back and watch. You will understand why I wrote this.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Kozaburo,

Some Catholics can learn a lot from sincere and unprejudiced pro-life interdenominational Protestants.

And here's a profound thought that someone made to me: A little baby in the womb is not going to care who saves her from being aborted, just as long as she does get saved.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Dave,

Thanks for the Biden link.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Catholic in Pa.,

I've just done a post that quotes the Newsweek article. I see no contradiction between it and what Sarah Palin told Time, that she was baptized Catholic as a baby and her parents began going to Protestant churches.

Yes, I've heard the Assemblies of God are very anti-Catholic. Let's hope that not all of them are, including Sarah Palin.

I'm very familiar with the crazy concept of some Protestants that we Catholics are not Christian.

Talk about arrogance and lack of charity! Some Protestants seem motivated more by hatred of Catholics than by love of Jesus.

Every Catholic around the USA is familiar with the "consistent ethic of life." But those who cite it need to know that even Cardinal Bernardin followed it up by admitting that abortion is THE preeminent issue.

When Catholics and Protestants unite to save babies, as they often do, that is wonderful! Little babies in the womb don't care who save their lives!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Joe of St. Therese,

Thanks for your comment!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Deb,

Thanks very much for writing!

I'm sorry to hear that you had to suffer un-Christian attitudes, behavior and teachings in that Assemblies of God church.

May I express the hope that God will guide you into the Catholic Church as he has your brother and folks. I bet you're a great music teacher. "He who sings well, prays twice."

The news seems to be that Sarah Palin and her husband attend an interdenominational church now, although she has visited that Assemblies of God church.

As I've said, we have to pray that Sarah Palin is not anti-Catholic. But she is pro-life, and that's far better for America's babies than an Obama presidency would be.

Babies' lives are at stake here.

The Church teaches that aborting babies is THE preeminent issue, because the direct taking of innocent persons' lives is intrinsically evil.

It's clear that a McCain-Palin administration would be much better for preborn babies than an Obama-Biden ticket.

But please be sure that I'm very grateful for your warning about the anti-Catholicism you saw at the Assemblies of God church!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Deb,

Some good news I've just remembered: The daughter of some friends of mine who have been staunch Baptists and resistant to Catholicism entered the Church a year or more ago and is now seriously considering becoming a sister -- and her parents are at peace with her decisions!

So such turnarounds do happen sometimes.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to a CNN special tonight, Sarah Palin was re-baptised into her Protestant faith. Her church did not recognize Roman Catholic baptism as valid.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fr. erik richtsteig can have Sarah. She is preaching a doctrine of fear and hate about her opponent. She was recently found guilty of abuse of power. Biden raised his children as a single parent. Palin is off campaigning while her family suffers. I will take Biden any day.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Human Rights Attorney said...

It seems to escape people that we had a "pro-life" President and a very conservative Supreme Court* for 8 years, and a Republican Congress for 6 of those. That means that conservatives had control of ALL THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT with NOTHING changing on the abortion front. I firmly believe that the right simply uses the abortion issue to gain the support of pro-lifers, without intending to actually change anything. Meanwhile, they can wage an unjust war and execute all the criminals they want.

5:20 PM  

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