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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. Johnny
    2 years ago

    If we Catholics make up the biggest percentage among Christians, then is the impact in our political arena?

  2. Gerald Smith
    2 years ago

    Every religion has its strange things. For most Christians, the Catholic belief in consubstantiation of communion (where the bread and wine literally become Christ's body and blood) is strange. The concept of priests not being able to marry is also strange. As Mormonism has some strange concepts as well. Perhaps we should instead follow Jesus guidance, "by their fruits ye shall know them." From this concept, we find that Catholics and Mormons both accept Christ as their Savior, and in doing good works for others. I think we can find more things to unite us in Christ than to divide us.

  3. ccs
    2 years ago

    Okay, Mormon apologists... You claim that you are Christians. So answer me this: Do you believe that there is ONLY ONE GOD - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and that this ONE AND ONLY ETERNAL God created the entire Universe? Do you believe that the Son of God (Christ) is not merely a man born of God but is God the Son, God Incarnate, the Eternal God come in the flesh - the second Person of the Holy Trinity? Do you believe that Christ is fully God and fully human? THIS is the foundation for the Faith of the TRUE Christian Church. This is the faith that has come down through the ages. All else is falsehood, deception, and lie. There is no "restoration" of some alternate truth that somehow got lost through a universal corruption. Any religion that claims to be "restoring" lost truth is actually spreading a lie. You may believe that Christ was born of Mary, but that is irrelevant. What matters is Who you think Christ is. If you believe that Jesus Christ is not the one and only God, through Whom the Universe was created, then sorry... you're not a Christian. If you believe that God was at one time a man who became divine and then gave birth to Christ through Mary, then sorry... you're not a Christian. And this has nothing to do with whether Mormons did something to someone as a child. It has to do with Truth. Mormonism may rely on a subjective "burning in the bosom" to reveal what it conceives of as "truth," but Christian faith is not subjectivist. Christian faith is objective reality. And holding that objective reality up against the Mormon version of "truth" is not "hate." You either believe in One God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - Maker of Heaven and Earth and everything therein, or you don't.

  4. mgm.
    2 years ago

    Modern day mormons are not polygamist but the founder of their church Joeseth Smith was and set the example that was later preach and follow by early mormons .The mormons only dropped the practice as a condition place by the United States so Utah could be allowed into the union as a state.Warren Jeffs and thousands of other polygamist believe they are following practice set by Smith. Mitt Romney a Christian ? are mormons Christians ? well guest what mormons do'nt consider Catholics or Protestants Christians ! Why else do mormons with temple access like Mitt baptize millions of us when were dead into the LDS church by proxy( some notable Catholics of Church and world history more then once).this practice by it self shows what a condescending level they hold non-mormons in.

  5. KarlVDH
    2 years ago

    Obama's no Muslim, and whatever Romney may be, he's a POLITICIAN first and foremost, and if you think there's a real difference between the parties when it comes to caring about the American people, you've already drunk the Kool-Aid.
    The only difference between Repubs and Dems is which special interest groups they'[ve sold themselves- and YOU- out to.
    "Put not your faith in the princes of this world."
    We're not SUPPOSED to be comfortable in this life, folks. You can have your faith in God or you can put it in men. But you cannot have both.

  6. Jason
    2 years ago

    For a minute this article was interesting, but it just recycled more of the same tired stereotypes about Mormons. Sigh.
    I remind all, that by their fruit ye shall know them....

  7. Doc G
    2 years ago

    Father, Father, Father. I understand what you are saying, but I think it's a really ham-handed effort. I believe you could have gotten the same ideas across more diplomatically, without insulting a lot of what I've always found to be some really nice people. You're better than that. As to whom to vote for, I figure it this way: A vote for Obama is a vote for Obama. Not voting is a vote for Obama. A vote for the candidate of any party but the Republicans is a vote for Obama. So, you want rid of Obama, your only choice is to vote for Romney. Next time, Father, try a thesaurus. Maniacal is such a charged word. Here a few possible substitutes: Dionysiac, abandoned, amok, bacchic, bellowing, berserk, carried away, corybantic, crazy, delirious, demented, demoniac, deranged, desperate, distracted, ecstatic, enraptured, feral, ferocious, fierce, frantic, frenetic, frenzied, fulminating, furious, haggard, hog-wild, howling, hysterical, in a transport, in hysterics, insane, intoxicated, like one possessed, loony, lunatic, mad, madding, maenadic, maniac, manic, mentally ill, non compos mentis, of unsound mind, orgasmic, orgiastic, possessed, psychotic, rabid, raging, ramping, ranting, raving, raving mad, ravished, roaring, running mad, running wild, stark-raving mad, storming, transported, uncontrollable, violent, wild-eyed, wild-looking, wild. Please, everybody, lighten up.

  8. DLL
    2 years ago

    Mike from Juneau Alaska: Jesus Christ is welcoming you to come to Church and to become A Catholic,as that is the one true way that you will come to understand him. Do not resist this invitation to let all his love to infiltrate your soul. If you weren't seeking Christ in a very intimate way you wouldn't waste your time writing to this website. You will not be happy until you encounter Christ in Communion with Him,in the Holy Eucharist . The Catholic Church is the right place for you. I know that you are not writing here on this website because you hate Catholics or Mormons or anyone else. Love is your motivation. You need a different sense of love than what the commercial and political or even what the scientific world has to offer. I know that you love science. Your love for science and your desire to try to understand people of religious faith,any kind of faith,is a window for your desire to understand just who God really is. Believe it or not faith and science are really integrated very nicely in the Catholic teaching as they really or not in opposition to each other at all.

  9. LindaSDF
    2 years ago

    Basically, this priest is saying "You poor Mormon people, you are not Catholic, so you are just so pityful and wrong".

  10. Joe Berlin
    2 years ago

    Fr. Longenecker:
    There are several historical problems with your letter. It is important to remember that your Pope practices a few of those “secretive rituals” you pointed out. Now if you wanted to ask him which ones the Catholic Church hasn’t lost, that would be an interesting article. The problem is that intentionally or otherwise you are confusing historical Christianity with Orthodox Christianity, and they are not the same thing. Catholic historians are very aware that the Church underwent some extreme changes following the creeds, often in direct defiance of the opinions and writings of the early Church fathers, not to mention scripture. Remember you can only throw a rock so far inside of a glass house.

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