The Bear thought you might find this interesting. The relationship between people's political leanings and their religious perceptions is something the Bear has noticed for some time. Someone who has liberal political views is going to be progressive in Church matters. Someone who is a political conservative is also conservative when it comes to the Church.
If you hate Obama, you're going to hate Francis.
The Bear thinks this is something to be aware of. If we dismiss Dorothy Day, are we doing so because she was a leftist, or because she was a bad Catholic? Could we go along with a Marxist saint, for instance, if he were otherwise holy and helpful to people? Have we honestly considered the issue of immigration in light of what the Catholic Church is telling us, or are we getting our values from our secular political beliefs? Are we sure we can rely our political leanings and ignore the Church when she now teaches firmly that the death penalty is wrong?
The Bear is not taking a position on any of these issues. He's not even sure on some of them. But if the Church taught you something that went against your political leanings, left or right, would you allow your values to be formed by the Church, or by your secular political beliefs? Why? For example, if you thought that immigration "reform" would not benefit your country, but were convinced by the Church that it was right, what would your position be?
The Bear is mostly conservative, and hasn't given it much thought until now.
Just (no doubt) unpalatable food for thought. Be sure to watch the video, though.