I never thought I'd hear a candidate for the American presidency critique a possible opponent's theology, but last week Rick Santorum said that the president believes in a "phony theology." Actually, the pope has called other Christian denominations "deficient" and Catholic theologians regard their theology as heretical. And non-Christian denominations are considered "gravely deficient," having beliefs and rituals that could lead a person away from salvation.
So except for Newt Gingirch, all of Santorum's opponents are heretics and believers in phony theologies. And since Mormons believe in three separate and distinct gods, as well as a phony book, their theology and practices would appear to be pagan and "gravely deficient."
I look forward to more of Rick Santorum's critique of the theology, rituals and practices of the other candidates, as well as his criticism of the theology of most Americans who don't know any theology or belong to heretical and gravely deficient denominations.
It will be like a replay of my Catholic school experience, only with 300 million students in the classroom and Sister Mary Richard Santorum as America's scowling mother superior. But be forwarned Americans: if Sister Mary Richard catches you chewing gum, she'll make you stick it to your nose until lunchtime.