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What's up with Santorum and Opus Dei?

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How Opus Dei Influenced Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum sent two of his sons to a Washington, D.C. all-boys school affiliated with Opus Dei, the Catholic group whose members were portrayed as sinisterly weird in the sensationalistic Da Vinci Code but in reality only engage in some mild self-mutilation, "nothing traumatic," as the group's website says.

The Atlantic Wire: Read More... http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/01/opus-dei/47349/

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A Pennsylvanian's Guide to the Rick Santorum You Don't Know

Santorum had no problem with big government if it was supporting his campaign contributors in Big Pharma.

It's little wonder that Santorum ultimately supported Medicare Part D, a prescription drug plan for the elderly that has added hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal deficit and was drafted in such a way to best help pharmaceutical companies maximize profits from all the unbridled spending.

When Santorum was defeated for a third term in 2006, an internal memo at the drug giant GlaxoSmithKline said his departure from Washington "creates a big hole that we need to fill."

Huffington Post Politics: Read More... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/will-bunch/rick-santorum-surge...




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Relevance: Vatican calls for “one world currency” system

http://www.greeleygazette.com/press/?p=11761

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

To be more accurate...

one minor department within the Vatican called for a "one world currency." The Vatican does not constitute a hive mind, any more than Ron Paul supporters all agree 100% on everything.

Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace...

...released it. Well-intentioned, they do good work, they help people. But maybe the currency idea is not so attractive if you value sovereignty & the constitution.

Tom Woods take on it: "Don't Mix The Ecclesiastical With The Economical" http://www.npr.org/2011/10/25/141661518/dont-mix-the-ecclesi...

Rick Santorum seems to mix the ecclesiastical with economics & policy. It is the foundation for his perspective and many times he sells it that way. To understand him we need to understand what influences him.

Same goes for the other candidates, as long as the questions are respectful & not attacking.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

this is an opportunity to say that . . .

there are 'news sources' that will capitalize on any sensation--

ask someone who has sound political beliefs and a good character who knows about this group. More than likely you'll find there are no more 'kooks' in this group than any other group, either civic or religious. Don't allow the media to 'educate'. *We* all know that it's not good at doing that!

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

True that, and the Huffington

True that, and the Huffington Post article is a lot more interesting anyway.

Forget his catholicism...

...attack him for not being a conservative. Let HIM destroy HIMSELF by making insane religious rantings...ala the headline on Drudge right now. If YOU go after him for his religion, it makes him into a VICTIM and gets him SYMPATHY.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Oh please

I'm a convert to Catholicism, and there's nothing wrong with Opus Dei...unless of course you hate Judeo-Christian morality/ideas in the first place. The mortification stuff, I'm not sure about. I'll just say that in several years of having exposure to quite a few people in the organization, I've never heard of it.

What's wrong with Santorum is that he's a big government fraud who isn't smart enough to see that his big government views and hawkish views on war aren't in conjunction with the views of the Church. Opus Dei itself has people all over the political spectrum.

Stay On Point

The minor self-mortification that the people who run Rick Santorum's children's school MIGHT practice has zero to do with Rick Santorum as a politician.

"Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend... on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign." - Mother Teresa

I agree that this shouldn't be about religion--

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it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I just saw this.

It explains alot.

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain