It is a common opinion that government ought to remain neutral on controversial moral issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and euthanasia. It is also a common opinion that religious people must check their beliefs at the door before entering public discussion of such issues. Here’s what’s wrong with those arguments.
In our cultural milieu, sexual activity is a healthy, normative part of life: ergo, celibacy must be at the root of sex abuse by priests. (Peculiar logic, indeed!) What the Church’s more strident critics fail to discern is that celibacy is a gift given to those called to serve. The evil was committed by those who were faithful neither to God nor his call to serve souls.
St. Gregory the Great: pope, doctor of the church, man of letters, liturgist, theologian—storyteller? Little known among this great man’s many works are the Dialogues, a series of vignettes illustrating miracles and morals—sort of an early “Holiness for Dummies.” In an unbelieving age, they are worth discovering again.
Biblical revisionists, theological progressives, and hard-line Fundamentalists have something in common: They all reject the apostolic authority of the Catholic Church that Christ conferred upon Peter. Was James the true authority figure in the early Church—or does chapter 15 of Acts reinforce the papacy?
"The [secular] sense of right and wrong is so delicate, so fitful, so easily puzzled, obscured, perverted, so subtle in its argumentative methods, so impressionable by education, so biased by pride and passion, so unsteady in its course, that in the struggle for existence amid the various exercises and triumphs of the human intellect, the sense is at once the highest of all teachers yet the least luminous."