Many Traditional Catholics have no difficulty with envisioning a marriage of Traditional Catholic Theology, and practice, with a political philosophy otherwise known as Constitutional conservatism. It is, after all, a marriage of Judeo Christian truth at its fullest, and most foundational level, and an understanding of America most in line with the vision of the founding fathers.
A vision for ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…’
What bogs this marriage down is a multifaceted misinterpretation of Catholics, from conservatives, and a multifaceted misinterpretation of conservatives, by Catholics. Sometimes conservatives confuse Catholics with the old, tired notion of Catholics being Papists uninterested in patriotism. Sometimes conservatives lose the cream of Catholicism in the Traditional Catholic with the foam at the bottom of the barrel in the cafeteria liberal/moderate Catholic. On the other hand, Catholics often feel that conservatives are unfriendly to immigrants, hostile to them as Evangelicals, and either warmongers or Wall Street monopoly men.
But the truth is, they have far more in common, with so many important common interests, with too much agreed upon to remain relatively un-united.
Both are Pro-Life, Pro-Traditional Marriage, and Pro-religious freedom. Both are faithful to an understanding of the founding fathers based on Judeo-Christian convictions, that which inspired the above mentioned words of the Declaration of Independence. Both are about subsidiarity and smaller, less controlling government. Both are against socialism. Both see a great value in personal freedom, and social responsibility, balanced within a free market. Both see a more peaceful world through a stronger America. Both abhor politically stirred racial division, and desire to protect the rights of legal immigrants against the abuse of illegal immigration. Both decry the persecution of Christians worldwide, support the nation state of Israel, and see Radical Islam as a worldwide scourge against humanity.
With past collaborators like Ronald Reagan and Saint Pope John Paul II, not to forget Margaret Thatcher, this marriage has worked in the past. With Ted Cruz and Catholic leaders such as Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Chaput, it can happen again. But only if Traditional Catholics take the national lead, demonstrating Catholic leadership in the face of the apostasy of the liberal cafeteria Catholic heresy currently defacing Catholic Truth.
But it will take a public dialogue between the leaders of both parties. A dialogue that understands that Catholicism can never compromise on the Truth, and conservatism can never be moderated for popular social acceptance and remain truly conservative. I pray that Catholics living in this Obama era, possibly about to suffer a Clinton or Trump era, will re-embrace the past coalition of Traditional Catholicism and Constitutional conservatism and raise up a new era of leadership both pleasing to God and faithful to our founders.
The future of our nation depends on it.