Lawrence Marin takes a little time and space this morning to rebut the theocons who were outraged when he asked whether the prime minister's religious faith influences his policies -- or lack of them. Martin was answering people like Michael Coren, who called Martin a "twit" for suggesting that some Catholics rejected the doctrine of transubstantiation. Coren was apoplectic:
If you don’t believe in transubstantiation, you’re not a Catholic; if you do, you are. You can believe in almost all of the other teachings of the church, but if you deny the wafer becomes the body of Christ, you are not a serious Catholic.
Shades of Dean Del Mastro questioning Justin Trudeau's Catholic credentials. But to his credit, Martin offers some personal testimony:
I was raised as a Catholic in a strict Catholic environment. I am still – they haven’t excommunicated me yet – a Catholic. I go to church occasionally. But I don’t believe in transubstantiation. In fact, most Catholics who I know do not believe in it.
I'm sure that there will now be calls for Martin's excommunication. But, as I recall, Jesus Christ faced the same calls. And the solution the authorities sanctioned was quite brutal. One hopes we are now beyond that.
But, then and now, there has always been much ado about religion.