It seems as though the political landscape is becoming increasingly polarized these days.  If you are somewhat of an open-minded progressive, then you will find that conservatives seem to be an awfully “dull lot.”  They have their positions on abortion and gay marriage, and there seems to be no “wiggle room.”  Issues seem black-and-white and solved.

If you are a conservative, then you might find that progressives are “wishy-washy” individuals who “cherry pick” from Church teaching.  They seem to practice only those views which they themselves agree with.  What’s more, you may think that, at bottom, such individuals are eroding at the foundations of the Church.

Now one may vehemently disagree with such labels as “progressive” or “conservative,” saying that these categories don’t really apply in the real world.  We are all complex and a mixed bag of different positions.

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