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Fr Dwight Longenecker Asks, Does Mitt's Mormonism Matter? Comments

Most Americans are unaware of just how peculiar the beliefs of Mormons are. Do they know about Mormonism's exclusivity? It's secretive rituals? It's strange doctrines? Probably not. Even if they do know all the shady and weird stuff about Mormonism, do most Americans care? Should they care? With the possibility that their next president is a Mormon, does it matter? Continue Reading

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  1. opinionated
    2 years ago

    Fr. Longnecker:

    First, thank you for your great book: 'More Christianity'.

    Second, I consider myself a devout Catholic with a pretty fair understanding of LDS beliefs. I regret to say that I think most of your article was unnecessary and antagonistic.

    The only thing I found useful was your concluding statement.

    It applies equally to any of our polical leaders.

  2. Kathleen
    2 years ago

    I am voting for Governor Romney for the same reasons as Diane, as well as the fact that he is a most competent executive who understands how to make revenue and fight corruption.

    However, it is dismaying to read about Mormon sophists now discovering the early Church Fathers, along with Clement and others, and using their teachings in opposite of what they intend -- to affirm Joseph Smith's revelations, as well as use their temples for baptizing Christians, and particularly those of our popes, priests, and religious...John Paul II being baptized 6 times at present count. They see their permission to build their great temple with 15 acres on the outskirts of Rome as a great victory, as well as witnessing their indifference to the documented truth of St. Justin the Martyr's description of Mass said in Rome and in the countryside around 155 AD as moot. I find that most troubling and two-faced.

    However, Governor Romney's participation in his church is most dedicated to his people, and he is a real servant, and has learned from his mistake about waffling on public matters in regards to marriage and the sanctity of human life.

    May God bless him!

  3. James Findlayson
    2 years ago

    If you want to see Modernist Mormonism at work see The Arbinger Institute:

    It's undercover Mormonism and they really don't like you adverting to this fact.

    It has a community of professional people globally which is getting very influential (the online community now has about 5500 members).

    I have been involved with it for about 2 years now in order to monitor this growing powerful organisation.

    It's all management speak and sounds like personalism but if you challenge (although they insist it is good to challenge), they react just like a cult.

    That is, they draw people in with love-bombing, but if you really challenge, they withdraw love and get quite passive-aggressive.

  4. Ian Taylor
    2 years ago

    I am glad that so many Mormons are reading and tuning into this Catholic website. They should conitnue reading it, it is wonderful. But if i may suggest, you should also check out Catholic, it is a great resource.

  5. James Morgan
    2 years ago

    The question of whether Governor Romney's religion matters is an interesting one. It could lead to a constructive dialogue about the place of faith in a candidate's life and lifestyle. It could become a case study in which the actions of Governor Romney are held up as a foil for his professed beliefs. It could extend that analysis to other presidents and presidential candidates. It could have been an insightful, thoughtful, and positive essay. The above article was none of those things.

    Instead, Fr Dwight Longenecker poses the question and proceeds to analyze not the candidate, nor his religion, but instead makes thinly veiled allegations about the 'shady and secretive' nature of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a religion he through willful belligerence or inexcusable ignorance fails to mention in the entire piece). He then goes on to compartmentalize not just the LDS faith, but all faiths into oversimplified mass idiosyncrasies. Following this oversimplification of the nature of the relationship between an individual, their faith, and their religion, he goes on to blatantly miscategorize Governor Romney with the flagrant assumption that he wears his religion as a 'window dressing' with no reference to back up his unjustified claims.

    This article touches on its title only fleetingly at the introduction and conclusion (if it could be called such) while the body of the article is not only off-topic, but insinuates itself into questioning not the role of Governor Romney's religion in his candidacy, but the legitimacy of the faith of its adherents. It comes across as bitter, uninformed, and biased.

    If Fr Longenecker would seek to write the insightful and compelling article alluded to in my first paragraph, I would encourage him to start by contacting his Roman Catholic counterparts in Salt Lake City to acquire a more informed opinion on the strong ties of friendship between members of his faith and mine.

  6. Rob Ghio
    2 years ago

    It's hard to tell whether this article reflects blissful ignorance or willful deception. But the description given here is pure fantasy.

    If you really want to know what Mormons believe, you can go to or, both of which are official sites of the Church. Nothing hidden there. You can read every Sunday School manual, magazine article, or conference talk given by leaders of the Church. Explore to your heart's content.

    Or, if you want honest, but unofficial, answers to many of the questions raised in this article, please visit my blog at

  7. Phil Ollero
    2 years ago

    I am a latter day saint (mormon) I grew up in a devout catholic household. Me and my 3 brothers converted to the Church Of Jesus Christ Of The Latter Day Saints where millions of former catholics like me who are so stupid to hear the anti mormon propagandas that were brought forth by people who's only agenda is to stop the church from growing belongs. My church started with six members and are now about 15 million and growing fast. I know ,we are all ignorant and that includes a lot of well known members in the scientific community and lawyers , politicians, scholars you think we haven't heard anything about what this guy is talking about? We are in 162 countries and continuing to grow in places like Africa, Russia, europe , and Asia. We have now more members outside the USA. We are constantly questioning the validity of our church and so far we are liking it. We are not blind followers like you perceived us to be. We are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.This is his church as you can tell by its name.

  8. Jacqueleen
    2 years ago

    President Carter wrote an article recently about his endorsement of Mitt Romeny and in the article, former president Carter called Mitt a moderate/progressive. And this is the point that I want to make here. Romney is not a conservative, rather he is an ultra liberal, a Progressive. All you Catholics out there, please listen up. Romney has always been pro-choice unti recently when he declared himself a conservative and a pro-lifer for VOTES!....PROGRESSIVES LIE !!!!. Proof is in the pudding...Obama and his daily lies. Romney is no more pro-life than the man in the moon. Furthermore, Romney will never repeal the evil program, Obamacare, the culture of death, that was fashioned after his very own evil Romneycare. He has to face his constituents who are stradled with the evil healthcare bill he orchestrated. Romney is of the death culture....He purposefully ingnored answering the hard questions about abortion, funding planned parenthood, euthanasia, Obamacare, etc. By now all Americans must know that the Progressives lie, deceive, cheat, punish, etc. to achieve their goals. Please, if you are truly Christian, vote for a man who is a true pro-lifer, Ron Paul who delivered hundreds of babies for free for the poor. Plus, he is a Constitutionalist who will repeal Obama's evil, unconstitutional bills including Obamacare. We must show the puppeteers that we can outsmart them....DO NOT LISTEN TO THE LIBERAL MEDIA owned by Progressives. The liberal media have snubbed Ron Paul and denied him precious air time on purpose because they fear him the most. Romney is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.....this is the hidden society that implements the plans laid down by the Bilderberg group.....Please, vote God's way and do your homework to assure yourselves that the candidate has voted conservatively in the past and is truly Pro-life and not just saying that for VOTES. Please get your heads out of the sand...V OTE RON PAUL even if you have to write in his name like the rest of us who will not vote against God's principles, His Commandments...Thou shalt not kill....Even if Obama gets in, I will accept this as God's master plan to prepare the way for His second coming. If God shows us His mercy, enough people will write in or vote directly for Ron Paul and not for another deceiver. Remember, we are just as guilty as the one holding the knife when we vote for the one who supports those programs. Voting for Romney is another vote for Obama......they are part of the same team.....Vote God's way for a true pro-lifer, Ron Paul.

  9. Capt Awesome
    2 years ago

    First off, it's about time Catholic Online addressed this issue. I dare say it's frighteningly too late.

    Article comment:
    "Mitt's Mormonism, I suspect, is of the third mode. "

    You SUSPECT?! Then you shouldn't be the one writing this article.

  10. Famijoly
    2 years ago

    Some of the sensitive reactions in the comments make Fr. Dwight's column all the more pertinent. People are thinking about the Mormonism of Mitt Romney, wondering about its impact.

    Catholic Answers published a report in 2008 called Mormonism: A Catholic Perspective. I would recommend it for all those desiring clarification on some essential differences between the Mormon religion and the Catholic Church.

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