Audie – as a product of Catholic school education (grade school, middle school, undergrad and grad school) I have been taught by more than a few nuns and monks. My political views generally weren’t met with the same level of open hostility – even when I walked into my senior year Peace Studies class in uniform everyone was unfailingly nice – but the progressive slant was ever-present.

You hit on something that’s confused me as well for quite a while. Despite the left’s constant attacks on religion and their advocacy for abortion, a majority of Catholics continue to vote Democratic. Pope Francis just last year penned an anti-capitalist screed that had quite a few people on the left doing cartwheels of joy.
I prefer Matthew 7:12, "So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do unto you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." The golden rule. Mutually beneficial transactions. Sounds an awful lot like free market capitalism to me.
Christ said "blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." He did not say, "blessed are the meek, for big government will one day force equality through income redistribution and they will inherit what politicians determine is their fair share of the earth" (He also, disappointingly, never said "blessed are the cheesemakers").
I look to religious leaders for spiritual advice. When they start trying to give me political advice, I tune them out.
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