The Communion of Saints

The Communion of Saints
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Hello anybody lost in the blogosphere. Welcome to the ruminations of a politically left of centre, Man United supporting, blues loving, history-fixated, Catholic wanderer. Be warned, I am a bit of a curmudgeon.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Why CatholicLeft?

It has been a source of no little irritation to me over the years to be described as a liberal, a commie, a trad, a conservative.....among many other less thoughtful epithets. The one I most dislike is to be referred to as a left-wing Catholic, because this suggests that my politics inform my faith when, in truth, my faith has always informed my politics.

I am on what would be called the left of the political spectrum because of the drive to care for the most vulnerable, the weakest, the least supported that has been instilled in me through my faith. I never cease to be amazed at how often politicians enter politics expressing their faith and then allowing themselves to be frightened away from the policies that had first driven them through fear of upsetting their local parties, their whips or, most tellingly I would suggest, their ambition.

Don't get me wrong, some people truly change their minds but some, not so much.

So - this is me - a Labour man who fell out with them over their appalling views on immigration, dropping into the slogans of the right-wing ('British Jobs for British People' - hmm, where have we heard that before?), the Iraq War, their reprehensible treatment of Travellers, increasingly regressive views on criminal justice, a slavish concern not to upset the right-wing press with progressive taxation and a fear of taking us forward as leaders in the European Union. There is more but that can always come up again.

I am not a Liberal Democrat and won't vote for the 'all things to all people in order to get elected party' that it has always been and I am not in the least surprised to see them in coalition with the Conservatives.

So - I am Labour man wanting to see Labour return to its roots and to being open to those with different views on the Left and not being such a bunch of control freaks.

Socialist? Probably.....Christian Democrat?  Only in the most general sense....Social Democrat? Not of the Gang of Four school. I am a Catholic Left-winger.


  1. Hi,

    I've always supported Labour like yourself. It seemed the natural choice being a second generation immigrant and being left of centre myself. I have to say I have been extremely disappointed with Labour's attitude toward Christians during their last term. The left in general is becoming increasingly more hostile toward Christians. It's a pity. I think there are many more Christians out there like myself who feel let down by Labour. I like to guided by my faith too, rather than politics informing my faith.

  2. Yeah - mad isn't it that a party founded on a mixture of Christian and Socialist principles seems able to lay one lot of them aside and just expect us to roll over and take it. Catholics are the most Labour voters and yet we have not had the loyalty returned. Maybe this time.