Faith police

In addition to being a part-time pollster, Dean Del Mastro is also an amateur bishop.

Dean Del Mastro, the parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, said on Facebook last month that it was “outrageous” the Catholic school board in Peterborough, Ont. had invited Trudeau to speak for a second time in three years. “If they are looking for a truly great speaker, who also happens to be Catholic, perhaps they might invite [Immigration] Minister Jason Kenney,” Mr. Del Mastro wrote on Oct. 12. “Are there any tenets of the Catholic faith that Justin supports?”

Here is video coverage of Mr. Trudeau’s appearance in Peterborough, including testimonials from obviously traumatized young people.




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Faith police

  1. Why on earth did Del Mastro…out of the blue… attack Justin on his religion? Since when is this part of Canadian political life??

    Are the Cons instituting purity tests on religion now?  Searching for heretics?

    Do the stakes follow?

  2. My theory: del Mastro is so stupid that he truly doesn’t understand what’s wrong with what he said. A useful idiot.

    • He’s not useful.

  3. A good Conservative Christian would have had the RCMP check the facebook and background of each of these kids and refuse entry to anyone photographed beside a tree – in case they’re environmentalists.

  4. It is good to see that the Liberals have a long term strategy.  It seems pretty clear that Del Mastro is a no-good pinky plant in the Canadian Conservative Party presumably to make conservatives look stupid. 

    • Cons don’t need help in the stupidity department. They’re deep in that “talent” pool.

  5. I wonder how his constituents feel about this.

    • as one of his constituents, I am. once again, embarrassed.  At least i didn’t vote for him!  but too many people here did!  maybe next time they won’t!!!

  6. There are Catholics in my family and they argue like this all the time – who is more devout and who is going to be spending long time in purgatory. Catholics who go to church, but don’t follow any tenets, are left wing enablers of vice and then there are others who try harder to lead virtuous life. 

    Catholics in public sector jobs are taking money from less well off, opposite of what they supposed to be doing, so I think they are in big trouble with God. 

    • That’s pretty vague and yet highly judgmental of you Tony, especially that nonsense equating “not following tenets” with being “leftwing”.

      The tenets are a statement of belief. The Nicene Creed is probably the most succinct version of them. You can’t follow or not follow them, you either profess a belief in them or not.

      So perhaps you’re referring to something else and are confusing “tenets” with say the commandments or something?

      • Reconsidering Vatican II:

        It was as though the history of the Church was now to be divided into only two periods, pre-Vatican II and post-Vatican II. Everything “pre” was then pretty much dismissed. For the most extreme, to be a Catholic now meant to believe more or less anything one wished to believe. 

        One could be a Catholic “in spirit.” One could take Catholic to mean the “culture” into which one was born rather than a creed making objective and rigorous demands. One could imagine Rome as a distant and irrelevant anachronism, embarrassment, even adversary. 

        One way of putting this is that “nonhistorical orthodoxy” (the cult of an “eternal” Church) was driven out from the center of the Church, only to be replaced in not a few hearts by “neodoxy,” the love of the newest trend. Thus, those we used to call at Vatican II the “prophets of doom” turned out to have had in some respects prudent foresight. As world-weary Romans say, “The odds favor pessimism.”

        http://www.catholicity.com/commentary/mnovak/07997.html

        • Naturally there is a struggle going on within the church, but then that has always been the case hasn’t it? Right from the beginning in fact.

          Essentially we still have the same arguments going on between our modern day versions of the Pharisees, Sadducees and the common man.

          At the heart of it, dogma is merely the interpretations of man for man, usurping god’s laws with man’s laws, as Jesus so clearly spelled out.

          There is no Christianity without Christ, and to ignore the words and intents of Jesus who embodied the spirit of Christ, in favour of dogmatic tenets, is to ignore his disdain for them.

          There should be no denominations because there is only one holy spirit, and this too was clearly spelled out by Jesus.

          So let’s not have any more nonsense about “good” Catholics or “bad” Catholics and understand the inherent principle behind the parable of the good Samaritan:

          Your brother is not he who shares your religion, but he who shares your principles. Full stop.

    • Maybe good protestants will start filling balloon with urine and throw them at Catholic little girls on their way to school like they did in Northern Ireland.  Nah, I don’t think so : throwing rocks at Catholic kids is the Canadian way. 

      Stephen, great pooh-bah, where are you? There’s a lot more to leadership than using public funds and two percenters to paint your opponent as NOT-A-LEADER. 

    • I believe that historical Jesus was the original “leftist.” What his first public act? To throw the money-changers out of the temple. Who did he minister to? The poor, the weak, the sick, the sinful. What did he say about rich people? To paraphrase, ” It’s easier for a person to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter heaven.” He didn’t mention anything about the supposed superiority and virtuousness of the “Right.” 

  7. At first I took the “traumatized young people” comment seriously, as I expected that no one could be so petty if there wasn’t at least a hint of reason behind it.

    Imagine my surprise at seeing how inspired these kids were by Justin.

    So now I have to ask, what the hell is Del Mastro’s problem?

    How petty and small as a human being do you have to be to attack a man’s religion over what appears to be a legitimate interest in inspiring young people?

    How much longer do we have to put up with the mean spirited nonsense this party has come to represent?

    • “what the hell is Del Mastro’s problem?”

      “seeing how inspired these kids were by Justin”
      Asked and answered.

      • LOL

        Sigh.

  8. “…are there any tenets of the Catholic faith that Justin support?…”

    What kind of thing is that for any Catholic to be saying about another of his faith? It’s like he’s never read the bible at all!

    “…But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.
    Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell…” ~ Matt 5:22-24 (NIV)

    “…If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector…” Matt 18:15-17 (NIV)

    All Del Mastro has done is show his bald hatred, based on nothing more than a difference of a opinion about approaches to public life. I’m not sure how he squares that with his faith, but perhaps a little advice from a source he claims to respect might be in order:

    “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?
     
    You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” ~ (Matthew 7.1-5 ESV)

    • Exactly! This group of Theo-Cons will do and say whatever is necessary to force their way of life upon us. Each day I become more convinced that they don’t actually follow Jesus but just use the Bible to rationalize their bad behavior. I’m not even religious but my BS detector is finely honed when it comes to the likes of faux X-tains like Del Mastro and “Dr.” McVety.

  9. Perhaps Justin Trudeau should make a complaint to the new federal office of religious rights?

  10. Maybe del Maestro and Toews should combine forces?  They could compare Mr. Trudeau’s weight to that of a duck to confirm that he is indeed a witch.

  11. Warren Kinsella is having fun with this over on his blog.  Turns out Mr. Del Maestro has abandoned the Catholic church and has joined the Pentecostals.   

    • I remember them. Aren’t they more Christian than Christ?

  12. I think we can expect to see these kind of personal attacks on any and all potential Liberal leadership candidates — that magical attack-them-before-they-know-them routine the conservatives so love to use.  del Mastro is shameless at the best of times anyway.

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