I have a lingering sense of unease over the flap around the Edwards bloggers. What Donohue et al have shown is that Catholics are an effective political interest group in this country–we protested because we felt insulted, and the offending bloggers are no longer with the campaign. We are just like every other effective political interest group in this respect.
But what’s the relationship between being an effective political interest group and being the body of Christ? “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of me.” Matt. 5:11.
Do we need to think more about how protecting or political interests corresponds–or fails to correspond– to our underlying religious message?