14 February 2012

American Catholicism's Pact with the Devil by Paul Rahe
This (above link to the article at Ricochet.com) is a must-read for Catholics, and I am not, never have been, a Roman Catholic. No, Rahe is not accusing Catholics of evil. He has nailed the reason why Catholics are confused by the executive order to buy something for themselves that is against their teaching: They arrived here by promoting state paternalism and undermining their own teaching that charity is an individual responsibility. Instead, Catholics have fostered the notion that it is our Christian duty to confiscate money from some and hand it to others. This writer, though, also gives the history of the dilemma. You may not agree with his politics, but you can easily see how the present situation evolved. I would be happy to see something as well-written that defends the President's position, but nothing so coherent as this has appeared.