Liberal Catholics Who Think it’s Smart to be “Cafeteria Catholics”

“They’re Hypocrites and Usually They are not only Hypocrites but Heretics.”

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on My Head:

The attack on hypocrites in religion typically focuses on the uptight, self righteous conservative Catholic who judges others while they themselves are guilty of the same sin.

You know the schtick: “Mildred is always saying what terrible sinners young people are for sleeping around, but it turns out she’s been having sex with her neighbor’s husband!”

or “Those Catholics are such hypocrites. They’re always talking about helping the poor, but they’re sitting pretty in their big houses and driving their posh cars.”

The first thing to observe is that every Christian is a hypocrite to a certain extent simply because we uphold a moral standard that is impossible to achieve until we have become saints. In other words, we fail. We stumble and fall. Furthermore, we cover up our failures and we hide our shame.

So we’re all hypocrites. My hand is up. I’m a hypocrite. You’re a hypocrite. If we are not yet saints, then we are still a work in progress and we must admit that we stand for a heroic standard of behavior that we are still trying to attain.

What nobody ever talks about, however, are the particularly Catholic form of hypocrites which are paraded in front of us all the time with absolutely no shame. In fact these hypocrites wear their lying, two faced hypocrisy on their sleeve and seem to be proud of it.

I’m talking about liberal Catholics who think it’s smart to be “cafeteria Catholics”.

Politicians like Nancy Pelosi who hold their head high and brag about being “devout Catholics” while they support Planned Parenthood are the most blatant hypocrites imaginable, but who calls them on it?

Joe Biden flashes that fake smile of his and assumes his mock sincerity and talks in hushed tones about his “deep Catholic faith” while supporting same sex “marriage”? The two faced, lying hypocrite! That’s not what the Catholic Church teaches and furthermore, he knows it and still wears his Catholic hypocrisy on his sleeve like some sort of badge.

Instead the establishment figures like too many of our bishops smile and ingratiate themselves with these people of power. If they wear their Catholic hypocrisy in public they should be called on it in public. Their pastors should speak out publicly and correct their lying hypocrisy and call it what it is and say, “Nobody likes a hypocrite and I’m sorry Ms. Pelosi, but I need to correct your understanding of Catholicism.  You can’t make up your own version of our faith.”

I’m not done. The same snakes are in the field of journalism.

On various websites and papers “Catholic” writers discuss “spirituality” in reverent tones and say how much they love the church while they support abortion, same sex marriage, women’s ordination and the whole progressive agenda. They’re hypocrites. As Pope Francis has pointed out, a Cafeteria Catholic is not a Catholic. They say they believe one thing–the Catholic faith–but they publicly and formally renounce the Catholic Church’s teachings and they think they’re just fine in doing so.

It gets worse. The real snakes in the grass are the liberal hypocritical priests and bishops. You know there’s a sort of media darling priest who smiles and writes clever books and goes on TV to give seemingly sage spiritual advice who then turns around and supports the LGBT agenda.

Only these priests are cagey. They know how the church works. They pose their points as “compassionate questions” and “observations” They are very smart and  know how to walk the tightrope–never going too far, but all the time undermining true Catholic teaching with their talk about “listening” and “dialogue” and “acceptance” and “accompanying”.

They’re hypocrites, and the worst kind of hypocrites because they assume the outward form of being good, faithful and true Catholics better than anybody else.

They’re not true and they’re not faithful. They’re wolves in shepherd’s clothing and Our Lord spoke clearly about the rustler who comes in to the sheepfold to rob and kill.

It’s time to blow the whistle on these hypocrites and call them what they are.

But do you know what will happen if you do?

They’ll play the passive aggressive game. If you blow the whistle and declare that the emperor is naked they’ll come over all offended and hurt.

They’ll put out their bottom lip and assume the spanked puppy dog look and say, “How could you be sooo judgmental and harsh? How could you be so unaccepting?”

They’ll sneak back in with their serpentine smiles and say, “Come, let’s be friends! Let’s forgive one another! Let’s talk. We need to listen to one another more!” Which means “You listen to me. I’m going to filibuster this debate until you give in. I’m going to talk and talk and use false logic and human reasoning and emotional blackmail and spiritual bullying until I wear you down and you change your mind.”

Don’t be taken in by them. They’re hypocrites and usually they are not only hypocrites but heretics. They divide and destroy Christ’s church and imperil souls.

Here endeth the rant.

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15 comments to Liberal Catholics Who Think it’s Smart to be “Cafeteria Catholics”

  • Patricia schy

    Too bad more priests don’t speak out about this. I’m sure almost every family has members who are making their own rules & doing what they please & if u try to say anything to them they won’t speak to you again because they think their right & im wrong. Such as divorced Catholics marrying without an annulment & receiving the Eucharest it’s in my own family & saying they don’t believe in annulments because they think that makes the kids illigitiment it’s true heard it with my own ears you just can’t convince them otherwise yes there are a lot of lukewarm Catholics & we know what Jesus says about that he,ll spit you out of His mouth

  • Jon C.

    I certainly believe that the Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity and I even took a course back in my college days called “God One and Triune”, but it was so long ago I don’t recall the gender of the Holy Spirit even coming up.
    I also remember the terms, “processions” and “spirations”. I was only 19 or 20 at the time, not terribly mature, and much of it went over my head.

  • Stella

    In reality, much of what the Blessed Trinity pastor said is true. America has a long history of democracy which poses some challenges to American church leaders.

  • CW

    Finally!! A Priest that openly declares what true “judgment” is. I no longer retreat when declaring true Catholic teaching because some liberal Catholic as the liberal politicians either shout you down, constantly interrupt, or just won’t shut up. Then literally accuse you of doing just that. They are not that good at it, you just have to know the true teachings. Most of the Catholics in the pews have no idea what heresy is, and wouldn’t care if they did.

    Yes, we are are all sinners and that is OK, but it is not OK to think that sinning is OK.

  • Jon C.

    Let’s see, the Church is wrong on Divorce, a marriage that simply not working should be dissolved as easily and the dissolution of the vows priests take when they are ordained. The Church is mostly wrong on contraception. A woman was recently convicted of murder because she put her niece in a footlocker and the child smothered to death. Wasn’t it wonderful that that poor child was brought into the world? Finally, the Roman rite is wrong on priestly celibacy. Byzantine Catholic priests are allowed to wed. God gave me a brain to evaluate the world around me, and I’ll be dipped if I’m to blindly obey everything some Pharisaic priest tells me to do. As far as I’m concerned recognition of the SSPX can’t come soon enough.

    [Edited for charity]

  • Maria Aznar

    If a person knows and acknowledges, by the grace of God, that he is a sinner in need of repentance and transformation, he is not a hypocrite to my understanding, that is, if he is earnestly striving to do God’s will. A hypocrite is a person that knows in his heart he is not righteous but puts on appearances so that others may think that he is.

    Of course, there are degrees of hypocrisy and this article is excellent in revealing them. There are people in the Church, both in the hierarchy and the pews that live scandalous lives and are doing tremendous damage to their own souls and to the souls of those are not able to discern that they are being misled from the road of heaven to the road of hell. It is a sad fact and a reality that has been perverting our Church for quite some time. Let us pray that more courageous bishops and priests, like Father Longenecker, stand up and denounce the horrible abuses that are taking place in the most sacred places.

    Preach the Gospel, teach all that Jesus told His Apostles they had to teach and the Catholics that have gone astray will come back! Thank you, Fr. Longenecker, for saying it like it is, and may God bless you! +

  • Mariann

    So true, Fr. Longenecker, so sad but so true. Our Bishop had to retire due to serious health issues. We just received a newly appointed Bishop from Long Island. I wonder if he will have the courage to address something my husband heard on the radio the other morning, then checked it out in the online bulletin. Blessed Trinity Parish in Cleveland, Ohio, has a Pastor who said the Church is in decline because of the conservative movement in our Country. He basically bashes Pope St. John Paul II, makes outrageous claims, and his ending, perhaps you can tell me what to call it What follows is just one paragraph and, from paragraphs later, his closing.

    “If Pope John Paul would have had a slogan, it might have been ‘Make the Catholic Church Great Again.’ He was not open to theological debate, scientific theory, or equal rights for women. He had no interest in opening the decision making process in the church to lay people. Such closed mindedness has turned off many young people. These are not doctrinal issues, but issues that require a fresh 21st century look.”

    “Through all of this one can only say,’I believe in the Holy Spirit.’ It is up to Her to make our church relevant and alive again.”

    • Jon C.

      The Priest at Blessed Trinity is very perceptive, and, I might add, correct.

      • Jon C.

        When the “moderation” be complete. Let’s show a little integrity, John.

        Here we go again with the moderation thing. Why not call it what it is, censorship.

        Finally, it’s my guess that Mr.Quinn will let my little tirade hang in “moderation” or disappear altogether. Some people are afraid of views the differ from their own.

        • Hello Jon C,

          I appreciate your passion and zeal. Hopefully, you will understand the need for moderation on this blog. Charity is mandated in our commenting policy, especially considering the nature of the topics here. As you can imagine, many people can be outright rude, impatient, condescending, or spamming. So, this requires slight editing from time to time, generally related to charity. I am sure you can appreciate that.

          Please know that I receive no donations or pay for doing this website. It just so happens that this is our county fair week. Having 5 children with 4-H projects and maintaining my full-time job is very time consuming and rewarding. Because my family is my primary mission in life, it means that the Courageous Priest apostolate has to wait from time to time. Does that make sense?

          I look forward to your perspective. It is not often to have a commentor link to a Church bulletin declaring the Holy Spirit a female.

          Please pray for my time management skills. I need much help.

          Many blessings to you,
          John Quinn

          • Jon C.

            I’m pretty sure Spirits don’t have a gender>

          • Just to clarify, we are not talking about just “Spirits.” The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Holy Trinity. What teachings are you basing your “pretty sure” conclusions? Don’t you believe that the Holy Spirit is female like the article you quoted said?

            Here is what our Catechism says:


            257 “O blessed light, O Trinity and first Unity!”93 God is eternal blessedness, undying life, unfading light. God is love: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God freely wills to communicate the glory of his blessed life. Such is the “plan of his loving kindness”, conceived by the Father before the foundation of the world, in his beloved Son: “He destined us in love to be his sons” and “to be conformed to the image of his Son”, through “the spirit of sonship”.94 This plan is a “grace [which] was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began”, stemming immediately from Trinitarian love.95 It unfolds in the work of creation, the whole history of salvation after the fall, and the missions of the Son and the Spirit, which are continued in the mission of the Church.96

            258 The whole divine economy is the common work of the three divine persons. For as the Trinity has only one and the same nature, so too does it have only one and the same operation: “The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are not three principles of creation but one principle.”97 However, each divine person performs the common work according to his unique personal property. Thus the Church confesses, following the New Testament, “one God and Father from whom all things are, and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and one Holy Spirit in whom all things are”.98 It is above all the divine missions of the Son’s Incarnation and the gift of the Holy Spirit that show forth the properties of the divine persons.

            259 Being a work at once common and personal, the whole divine economy makes known both what is proper to the divine persons, and their one divine nature. Hence the whole Christian life is a communion with each of the divine persons, without in any way separating them. Everyone who glorifies the Father does so through the Son in the Holy Spirit; everyone who follows Christ does so because the Father draws him and the Spirit moves him.99

            260 The ultimate end of the whole divine economy is the entry of God’s creatures into the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity.100 But even now we are called to be a dwelling for the Most Holy Trinity: “If a man loves me”, says the Lord, “he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him”:101

            O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me forget myself entirely so to establish myself in you, unmovable and peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing be able to trouble my peace or make me leave you, O my unchanging God, but may each minute bring me more deeply into your mystery! Grant my soul peace. Make it your heaven, your beloved dwelling and the place of your rest. May I never abandon you there, but may I be there, whole and entire, completely vigilant in my faith, entirely adoring, and wholly given over to your creative action.102

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