Catholic commentator Jesse Romero, like many Catholics, was aghast Jan. 26 when he encountered a "daily Bible verse" blog on a Catholic app extolling the virtue of ruthless baby-killing advocate Kamala Harris. The blog cited Harris as among the best "fruits" of the example set by St. Angela Merici — the founder of the Ursuline order, which extolls virginity, chastity, the education of girls. It further noted that those "fruits" were set in motion by the Virgin Mary. What follows is Romero's response to the post on the Laudate app.
I was horrified by your post on your Jan. 27, 2020 "daily Bible verse" (on my app) where you inserted the name of Kamala Harris as if she is up for canonization. To be fair to Laudate, the writers/contributors to the "daily Bible verse" (on your app) are an apostolate called SeekFirstcommunity.com.
Here is what they wrote:
Christian women is society's greatest investment. Convinced of this truth, St. Angela Merici founded the Company of St. Ursula, [Ursulines] a secular institute devoted to educating young women to be Christian wives, mothers, teachers and catechists. Consider the fruits of St Angela's labor: Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel, Indira Gandhi, Teresa of Kolkata, Kamala Harris, Teresa of Avila and so many more. It all began with the powerful Yes of Mary: "All generations shall call me blessed."
Here are some things you need to know about Kamala Harris:
Having her name next to St. Mother Teresa, St. Teresa of Ávila and the Blessed Virgin Mary is blasphemous, scandalous and outrageous. Kamala Harris rose up the political ladder by violating the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. When I read your post on Wednesday the 27th of January 2021, all I could think of was "O foolish Galatians, Who has bewitched you ... " (Galatians 3:1). This narrative is an example of Catholic liberalism, modernism and a false ecumenism by the writers of SeekFirstcommunity.com.
Kamala Harris is at odds with God's Word on the two pillars that sustain civilization, the sanctity of innocent human life and natural marriage as given to us by God.
I am generally quite pleased with your reflections, [which are] orthodox and well-written, but this time you went off the rails.
Please keep your political ideology to yourself and stick with giving us the Catholic saints as role models. Praying for Kamala Harris' conversion, which is mandated by Scripture (cf. 1 Tim 1:1–2) is quite different from using her as a model for Catholics. She is not even Catholic and marginally Baptist, and a poor example of a Baptist at that. Baptists are the more conservative wing within Protestantism and are generally pro-life. She has demonstrated a deep-seated visceral bigotry against Catholics as a politician. Facts are stubborn things and she can't erase her history of anti-Catholicism.