Heroes. Stop having them. That means do not worship people you don’t know.
It’s like heroine. Addictive and dangerous.
It is bad for your health and soul.
So, if your Catholic faith brings strength and hope, denounce the institution that clearly sanctioned and protected pedophilia and other crimes. Return to the writings of Jesus, the parts of the Bible that guide and support a righteous life as well as any clergy who can inspire their congregation.
Which people are flawed? Everyone. Thus all those who are iodized almost guarantee disappointment to their fans.
Admire all who strive to overcome a physical handicap and then excel. Not just one man. Root for the grit, not the guns and fighting.
Play the law of large numbers roulette. Belief in an ideal is safer than the man who expresses it.
Americans tend to esteem their Presidents and accept whatever they proclaim as dogma.
(Ditto for Popes, many lesser clergy of the entire faith spectrum and Kardashians.)
Today, very few people, probably not even the majority of the Bush clan, think invading Iraq was a good idea. But it was heresy to question this a decade ago.
Great Britain has a good system. They exalt and follow the royal family while harshly critiquing their elected officials. They can bounce out a Prime Minister and then stop to have tea. Their regret about the above war is palpable. And vocal.
Here we conflate all manner of celebrity and give too much power to people whose only real talent is convincing large number of folks to vote for them.
One can be excited that a man of mixed race was able to be elected as our President. That pride should not translate into total acceptance.
For example, kill lists and increased drone attacks must be questioned. When the current administration is out Cheneying the prior one, it is time to demand change.
No true religion would sanction this, so individuals must speak up.
Like the Nuns on the Bus castigated Paul Ryan et. al. for the cruel and unnecessary budget cuts, people must not accept whatever the government proposes.
Political actions, like religious tenets, do not deserve unquestioning obedience and support.
One can respect the office, be it Pope, or President or even football coach.
But it falls to everyone to fight any unethical or dangerous actions.