Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Catholic Charity in Secular America | First Things

Catholic Charity in Secular America | First Things:

Those down on Religion in my family (just back from vacation with a bunch of them) draw little distinction between Catholicism and Unitarian-Universalism. Church going is Church going and a nasty thing it is. Whether politically liberal or conservative, for Obama or against, that's a feeling they share. UU's best watch how harsh they express their distaste of Catholicism because for many of those anti-religous find little difference between them and us.
"American life has always had a deep streak of unhealthy individualism, rooted not just in the Enlightenment, but also in Reformation theology. In practice, religion has always moderated that individualism. It has given the country a social conscience and a common moral compass.

Religion has also played another key role. Individuals, on their own, have very little power in dealing with the state. But communities, and especially religious communities, have a great deal of power in shaping attitudes and behavior. Churches are one of the mediating institutions, along with voluntary associations, fraternal organizations, and especially the family, that stand between the power of the state and the weakness of individuals. They’re crucial to the “ecology” of American life as we have traditionally understood it.

And that’s why, if you dislike religion or resent the Catholic Church, or just want to reshape American life into some new kind of experiment, you need to use the state to break the influence of the Church and her ministries."

1 comment:

Robin Edgar said...

:UU's best watch how harsh they express their distaste of Catholicism because for many of those anti-religous find little difference between them and us.

Except of course for those intolerant "fundamentalist atheist" U*Us who are very anti-religious themselves. Still can't figure out why such anti-religious bigots would want to belong to *any* religion. I think they are a bit conflicted to say the least. . .