Here we go again The issue is not what political party started it. The issue is that individual Catholics in America insist in mixing politics and religion.
Political issues should be discussed on one side, and relligious issues on another side.
Take abortion as a hot-button example.
Politically, one party (supposedly) supports its abolition, another vehemently opposes it (with some fringes that go the other way).
Religiously, a political or legal maneuver to abolish abortion is not the point. The point is the proclamation of the sanctity of human life. Making abortions illegal will not change hearts and it will not stop confused and wounded people from seeking abortion or providing abortion. Proclaiming the Gospel of life could.
That is why I find it infuriating when I go pray for the conversion of souls in front of an abortion mill, or to hand out anti-abortion literature or referrals to Catholic pregnancy centers, and I see people holding political signs (ex. “defund Fgfgj Dgkgjhood” or “Vote Yes on Amendment 358998579”) and praying the Rosary as if they were shouting slogans at a rally (hint: Our Lady can hear us even if we whisper, and prayers are only efficacious if our intentions are aligned with God’s will).
Also the Church’s Social Doctrine is neither Capitalist nor Communist nor Anarchist nor Gojgkghkjist, nor is it Conservative, Liberal, Progressive, Reactionary, Revolutionary, Fuighriughrary, etc. There is no human system that nails down the perfect way of life of the City of God. Some argue Democracy is as close as we can get. Others ague Capitalism is as close as we can get. Others argue a mixture of things. Some argue very strange things about a Catholic monarch to come or some similar absurdity.
The point is that if every time a bishop brings forth a piece of the Social Doctrine of the Church we politicize it and label it, we will never be able to support the Church, because when we politicize issues, some appear liberal, some appear conservative, and so on and so forth.
For example, take immigration. The Church’s stance, many say, is liberal. Now take abortion. The Church’s stance, many say, is conservative. Wrong! The Church’s stance is Catholic. Kudos to anyone else who gets a piece of the puzzle right.