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The Washington Post‘s Religion Reporting

Stephanie McCrummen and Jerry Markon wrote a front-pager on Santorum’s spiritual journey. My favorite part:

By [2007], Santorum had come to embrace a version of Catholicism far removed from the one he knew in the early 1970s, when church rituals were relaxing, when Catholic kids were being taught to see moral complexity, and when Santorum, a young teenager then, developed a rapport with a freewheeling Franciscan priest who spoke of Catholicism in terms of moral shades of gray.

I know my goal as a conservative and a Catholic is for my children to experience church rituals as stressful and never to perceive that any moral dilemma might be complex. Thank you, Washington Post, for so expertly capturing the differences of opinion within my church!

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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