Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Catholic Thing

Earlier today, I wrote of the political fallout from the recent election. It would have been opportune to elaborate on the role of various American bishops, in a valiant effort to inculcate Catholic values in the public square. This would have required an essay unto itself. Happily, a gentleman writing for has tied the future of American conservatism, and the Catholic message, very nicely:

History tells us that conservatives only lose when they forget how to be conservatives, or become too afraid to continue being conservatives... America is, at its core, a conservative country with liberal fringes just waiting for a decent excuse to vote conservative. The liberal establishment, media and entertainment industry will have us believe just the opposite. Namely, that America is, at its core, a liberal society with radical conservative fringes just waiting to hijack the nation. Lest we actually begin believing these hucksters, let us recall that liberals in Hollywood and national newsrooms have a particular penchant for fantasy.

This would reinforce my contention that the bulk of American society is provincial in nature, as I said, by virtue of our human inclination as creatures of habit.

Gabriel Garnica is a college professor and attorney who has written for, The Daley Times-Post, and Michnews. He holds a law degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St John’s University in New York. His piece is worthy of contemplation, as the American bishops prepare for their upcoming annual meeting in Baltimore. The growing tension between the status quo of the bishops conference, and those individual bishops who defended the Gospel of Life this year, will surely be an explosive subject in closed-door sessions.

That's just a hunch on my part. Really.


Anonymous said...

Which bishops don't defend the gospel of life?

David L Alexander said...

Let's just say some do it with more clarity and forthrightness than others. It did not serve them that the "Faithful Citizenship" document produced by the USCCB lacked that clarity.