Busted Halo
feature: politics & culture
May 7th, 2008

BustedHalo’s Pulpit and Politics Poll

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“There are usually one or two persons who accuse me of being political or even at times against the Church’s teaching.”
-Michael, RC, Redding, CA

“General acceptance to the appropriateness of the topic and timeliness even if what I offer is contrary to their views, they found it enlightening to hear it a different way.”
-Rev. Philip N. Gustafson
Vandergrift, PA

“Some are angry. Some leave. Mostly grateful.”
-Fr Gary, RC

“Mostly positive. The more negative reaction has come from people who see political statements in prayers and petitions. It shows words express values – not all people approve of all messages.”
-Fr. BC, MI

“People seem to listen and make their own decisions. I think they appreciate me raise their consciences to issues.”
-Fr. Daniel, MI

“Some think that any words from me that might touch on political issues are out of place. Many approve my proclaiming the Gospel truths.”
-Fr. James McCauley, Toronto, Canada

“To my face all positive (but who knows what is said behind my back).”
-Fr. Ed, RC, Massachusetts

“People, if they are aware (most often they are not) thank me for my courage.”
-Fr. Phil, RC, Ca

“Mostly favorable. Folks say things like, ‘At last someone is saying something about what we’ve been thinking all along.’”
-Fr. Peter Petroske, RC, Dearborn, MI

“Generally accepting. Only one person castigated me for my position.”
-Fr. Tom Hall (RC Military Chaplain), Ca

“When people misunderstand the point, thinking you are taking a political side, they react with anger. During a series of bulletin articles, I articulated the moral issues (missing) behind the war in Iraq; people reacted with, “You are against the President; I support him.” It is hard to get people to be nuanced when one speaks in political categories, even when one is trying not to.”
-Frank Desiano, RC, Queens, NY

“People here are very sensitive to the politicization of preaching, and will complain if I become “too political.” When I speak about the Church’s social teaching, and the values of the Gospel, they react very favorably.”
-Fr. Larry Rice, RC, Columbus OH

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The Author : Bill McGarvey
Bill McGarvey is co-author of Busted Halo’s Freshman Survival Guide. Bill was editor-in-chief of Busted Halo for six year. In addition to having written extensively on the topics of culture and faith for NPR, Commonweal, America, The Tablet (in London), Factual (Spain), Time Out New York, and Book magazine, McGarvey is a singer/songwriter whose music has been critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Billboard and Performing Songwriter. You can follow him at his website billmcgarvey.com or on Facebook.com/billmcgarvey
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