- (of 20) Subject: Re: CatholicArrogance.Org
" I Think your website is fantastic, The way it is laid out is superb. My name is A. P. and i live in Scotland. At present i am thinking about doing a book on some of these scandals centred on the Catholic Church. I was wondering if i can use the information on your website about these scandals and I would highlight your website and your work in my book."
Thank you! G P
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Dear Mr. Dubuque,
"Thank you for your website. I am a Christian Liberal Democrat who has never been politically active, but because of the shock of the agenda of the Right-Wing Christian Republicans and Election 2000, I am now fully involved in my search to counteract their unfair propaganda.
I am encouraged by people like yourself who have had similar experiences as myself. I was born a Catholic, but I no longer attend the Catholic Church. It has become politically Republican and spiritually questionable. I am saddened by the feeling of loss from the community of the Catholic Church that was so much a part of my childhood, yet I have found comfort in the words of Jesus Christ - "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free".
Your voice is so needed during this period in our history. I feel that our Democracy and the integrity of Christianity are in jeopardy. Using Christ for the sake of politics is an anathema in my opinion. To do so spoils the purity and sacredness of personal religious experiences and re-directs it to an open forum in order to promote secular legislation.
I am grateful that God has chosen you for the purpose of encouraging Liberal Democrats who are Christians. My sadness comes when I think of how the Right-Wing has divided Christians and pitted them against each other. Perhaps their purpose is to divide and conquer for the sake of politics. I think that many genuine Christian believers who are Republicans are being blind-sighted. However, I firmly do believe that truth shall be revealed and untruths shall be exposed in time. God bless you,
S. R., ( a Louisiana Democrat ) "
- (of 20) Subject: Your websites
I stumbled across your Catholic Arrogance website while researching information for a paper I had to write (I'm a college student), and then I just delved into your other sites moments later. Your websites are excellent. I am a Christian who has left-wing political views, and these sites only gave me more reasons to not be afraid of being such a person.
I have never been able to understand why so many leaders of the Religious Right movement have been trying to use their religion to oppose paying for people's healthcare (especially when you consider the numerous times Jesus mentions helping the poor), to prevent LGBT's from marrying (considering that the explicit nature of homosexuality is never mentioned in the Bible), and to justify infringing on women's access to abortion and birth control - I can imagine a similar scenario to John 8:2-14 here between Jesus and the oh-so-saintly conservatives who hang around outside abortion clinics and bash the "sluts" who go in to get the procedure. While these actions certainly seem to go hand-in-hand with their personal ideologies, I have never seen a convincing argument for believing they do not conflict with the Lord Jesus Christ's teachings.
Please add me to your e-mail list - I would love to receive updates. Thank you for posting such outstanding websites, and God bless you.
-Larry B. (age 20, Illinois) "
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Subject: re: Call no man 'father'
"Ray, I have viewed your site a number of times and thought I'd say Hi and great site. I was raised in the Empire*Church, a 'Grand Knight of the Altar', 'Bishop's Accolade', and other crap.
As a teen, my father was assigned to the embasy in Madrid. a trip to Rome showed me the disgusting hoard of wealth and booty in the Vatican and i was "allowed" to bend and kiss the ring of Pope John the 23d.
Three years of living under the Catholic fascist dictator Franco, and learning of his Catholic buddies, Adolf and too many dictators to list, and visits to sick and demented churches like 'Valle de los Caidos', a burial monument to death under fascists, I told my parents on my 18th birthday, after my return to the U.S.A., 'I am not a Catholic ! ! ! !'
I now am always amazed at the free ride the Empire*Church gets. Like this morning, I called a liberal talk show that had complained about the "evangelicals" on the right and the three stooges ( Dobson, Robertson, Falwell ) and suggested they consider who is getting the power in America these days. All four Bush appointments are Roman Catholics, they will have five with Alito, unless Sen. Salazar (RC) decides to filibuster.
The liberals will blast the evangelicals over and over, but when I suggested they look at the Catholics, the host said he would not attack the Catholics; many good Democrats are Catholic ! I told him that I lived in a country where the Catholics took over both partys and the courts and installed a dictator. with control of the U.S. Supreme Court, when Congress passes an unconstitutional law.........who ya gonna call ? ? It took 40 years for Spain to take control from the Church. for awhile. I hope this country will come to its senses before it's too late.Keep up the needed work."
Gary (owner of 2 Masters degrees)
- (of 20) Subject: Testimonial
"I was raised Catholic and converted to Mormonism a decade ago because I received a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel. The more I learn about Jesus and His teachings, the more convinced I am that HE is liberal. That's why I cannot understand the love/hate relationship the Mormon church members have with the religious right. Everything the so called Christians on the religious right do, say, stand for and support is in direct opposition to the gospel of Jesus Christ!! I can't help but to shake my head in disbelief each time I heard a fellow church member promoting the republican agenda. In the meantime, I will keep serving others, loving my neighbors as myself and supporting progressive causes. Thank you for your wonderful website, we need it now more than ever!!!"
- (of 20) Subject: The scandals of the Holocaust
"Ray I have not read ALL of all your recently linked web pages, but as I read these items (under http://CatholicArrogance.Org/RCscandal.html) I find them SUPERB!!! I have no revisions to suggest.
I have on numerous occasions
pointed a great number of people your way via links to your pages and
a few likely have joined "Liberals Like Christ" as a result.
In verbal discussions I also encourage people to read and follow up
on your work.
Your items are majestic, intelligent,
wonderfully informative and insightful, demonstrative of genius and compassion, caring.
Many thanks for all your efforts.
Rev. H. H., in Texas.
- (of 20) Subject: Church/State page
"Hello, I like your site, and I love your title. It makes me immediately
feel like I have a home, and it gives me hope in the aftermath of this terrible election.
K. H., Progressive Catholic from San Jose. Definitely (I pray), a "Liberal Like Christ"..
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Subject:I just wanted to say that I discovered your site several months ago, and finally found the time to make my way through the many writings on it.
A friend and I were discussing religion, in particular, fundamentalist Christianity, and he brought up his distaste for Paul of Tarsus. (My friend is a devout Christian) He had made mention of Paul's disparaging teachings on women in the church and homosexuals, etc. I expressed to him my same feelings about St. Paul, and I then did a little research on the subject. That is when I came across your website liberalslikechrist.org.
I have to say that I have become an instant fan! Not big into labels myself, but for argument sake, I would describe myself as a 'non-fundamentalist Catholic Christian'. I am also gay. I have come to know many a fundamentalist/evangelical type Christians over the years. Thanks to your site, I am able to find a better way to respond to them, especially with regards to the Bible being the 'unquestioning word of God' and you have given me a better approach to the question "are you Born-Again?"
In conclusion, I just wanted to thank you for your website. It feels great to know that I am not alone in my beliefs and feelings about Christianity as a whole.
What are your thoughts on Bishop John Shelby Spong? I see that you have quoted him. I was always intrigued by his writings, based on the little that I have actually read. Would you recommend him as a reliable source?
Yours in Christ, "
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"Thank you for your efforts in Your website is amazing!
GOOD JOB, Ray! As a tax paying, law abiding, disabled veteran, previously Catholic, GAY person
– I commend and thank you for your efforts in ignorance reduction!
- (of 20) Subject: Great Site
"Thank you for taking to time to put together such a great site. I refer to your research often when I'm talking to misinformed Republicans – Southerners who often get their "history" from Rush Limbaugh. God bless you for being part of a true Christian minority in the US – those of us who actually try to do as Christ taught us.
I rarely take the time to email comment to people about their sites, but yours is so good, so thorough, so unique, so desperately needed, that I had to tell you."
- M.C. (a devout white southern Catholic liberal).
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Subject : Liberals like Christ
. "Thank you so much for this ministry. It is fantastic and such a hopeful sign for our times and the future of our democracy. A WWII vet, I have been a liberal since my monastery days having been enlightened by our novice and cleric master as to co-ops; small farm problems, papal encyclicals on social justice, etc. Dorothy Day et al. "
(Rev.) Jack E Holman
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from Evaluation form of Liberals Like Christ site.
"I cannot tell you how much I am pleased for your site, and totally overwhelmed by your courage and dedication. I already subscribe to your news letter, but I am now sending your site to many friends who share, as I do, your thoughts. We are all activists for equality and for justice.
Religious background: I was raised Catholic, but left the Church a long time ago. My Church is my heart.
Time spent: many hours."
- Monique F, Philadelphia, PA
- (of 20) Subject: Your website
"I just had to thank you for your wonderful website, Liberals Like Christ. I have been through an ongoing- and it seems never-ending- search for the truth as far as spirituality and religion goes and I think I may have found it through this website.
I was raised Catholic but have had an on-again / off-again love affair with it for most of my adult life. Right now, it is off-again... and from all the things I am learning from your various web pages (and what I have learned myself), it is most likely to stay off.
However, I am wondering if there is any church out there today that one can attend that preaches Jesus (not Paul) and the importance of loving one's neighbor as Jesus loved us? Perhaps it is not important but I still feel the need to "belong" somewhere, to be part of a community... can you recommend any denomination that in your opinion, is the least offensive or the most like what Christ would have us do?
Thank you for putting it all out there for those of us who want to know the truth."
- (of 20) Subject: What a great website!
Thank you so much for putting together this web site. I think it is important that you understand there are many, many Americans who share your views. I am too disgusted with the rich religious institutions in this country to go to church or temple. To live like a true Christian is to be 'Christ-like" (ie. like Christ). Christ spent most of his time challenging the rich and helping (feeding, clothing, teaching) the poor. How many of these religious hypocrites actually do this? They help themselves. Ironically, the churches in America have become the houses of pharoah, protecting and promoting the powerful and taxing and oppressing the poor to death.
Lastly, to be rich is to be wicked and evil. Alas, that is a hard pill for affluent Americans to swallow as they plow down the highway in their SUV's on their way to their holiday homes (skipping church another weekend, alas!)
Frank F. :)"
- (of 20) Subject: Thank you
"I just wanted to drop a line to say thank you for reaffirming my ability to be a Christian and a liberal
A week before the November 2nd elections, I received a letter from a candidate running for state representative from my district, in which he called upon my vote to help "boot those anti-Christian liberals." I have never, in all my life, felt so personally attacked. To my mind and heart, there is nothing less Christian a person can do than create negative stereotypes of people they have never met. And when that stereotype is that the group is "anti-Christian" I feel that that act, in and of itself, goes against Christian theology
Of course, I have never really doubted that Jesus was a liberal and that promoting social welfare programs and freedom to choose how one wishes to live their own life was doing nothing short of His work. But, I applaud you for your efforts to educate those who are waivering in their ability to be Christian Liberals- sometimes it is nice to have someone tell you you're not crazy for thinking they are not mutually exclusive. I will definitely be stopping by to read more often and will pass your site along to everyone I know
- (of 20) Subject: Thanks for your website.
" In the current environment of
right-wing Christianity's popularity, it's both overwhelming and disheartening
that people who are supposed to be lifting up Christ are lifting up so many
ideals that are anti-Christ. Hopefully more and more liberal Christians will
come out of hiding and speak up for what's right. "
- (of 20) Subject: when I quote the things Jesus actually said,
"I knew there had to be people like me - "liberal" Christians. I have a hard time going to churches because they always end up preaching right-wing hate instead of the Gospel. Or, they end up being one more money-making enterprise.
I don't see how anybody could read even one of the Gospels and vote for hate-mongers like W.
The Devil flees when you quote scripture. I get a lot of conservative acquaintances (who think
they're religious) totally tongue-tied when I quote the things Jesus actually said. It really motivates me
to read the Word. "
- (of 20) an Evaluation form submission:
Sent by = Link from a discussion board
Content = 4- Outstanding
Style = 4- very attractive
Christian = Liberal Protestant
Christian-other = I was raised Catholic, but joined a protestant church and got baptized. I find myself drawn to some of the teachings and practices of Catholicism, because I cannot relate to the politics and hate of most protestant churches.
Leaning = Moderate
Party-other = I used to be a Rush Limbaugh "hater." I voted for republicans for 10 years. My eyes were finally opened and now I CANNOT vote for a republican. I am registered with the democratic party. I tell my conservative friends that there are social liberals who are republicans, but are wealthy and vote for their pocket books. I also tell them that there are socially conservative democrats who believe in helping the poor and disenfranchised, which lately tends to cover more of the U.S. population.
Content-other = I find this site and documented ideals to be an important resource.
- (of 20) an Evaluation form submission:
Sent by = Link from another web site
Content = 0- Other ( I will clarify below: )
Style = 0- Other ( I will clarify below: )
Christian = Liberal Catholic or Orthodox
Leaning = Very Liberal
Time spent = less than an hour
Content-other = I was raised a Roman Catholic, through schooling.