The 'Two Step' of the New Censors. A Threat to Catholics?
Catholic Christians insist that there is a Natural Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason
The first step of a new 'two step' would be to diminish our truth claims by insisting that our positions are 'religious' and must be confined within our Church Walls.
There is a real problem emerging in the United States and much of the West. One has only to examine the voting patterns and positions espoused by some Catholics to come to a conclusion that we are desperately in need of catechesis, instruction in what the Church teaches. We live in an age of relativism and sadly, some Catholics and other Christians do not understand the dangers which we face. The relativists of this age have managed to persuade many, including many Catholics, that there are no objective truths; there are only “my” truths and “your” truths. Further, they have relegated our position on the very existence of truths and rights to simply being “religious” positions in order to marginalize or dismiss them. In the midst of this confused age we must maintain that there are objective truths which can be known and that those truths are the only solid basis for building the foundation for a truly free, just and human society.
Dr. Deal Hudson’s recent insightful piece entitled “Why Catholics Should Take a Position on the Hate-Crimes Bill” has drawn quite an array of comments from our readers. I offered a response when it first appeared on his publication, "Inside Catholic". My concerns are rooted in my experience as a human rights/ constitutional lawyer and my training in “Catholic Social Doctrine.” I see a pattern on the rise in our Nation, indeed in the West. I call it the "Two Step" of the New Censors. It is at work in many of the serious debates over social and cultural issues. It is aimed at excluding our positions from being heard in the public square or influencing the positive/civil law. Let me give just one example, though there are many. The Catholic position on homosexual sexual practices as objectively disordered and our opposition to all efforts to undermine true marriage through what we should call the "Homosexual Equivalency Movement" - the movement which wants to call what can never be a marriage a marriage and then use the Police Power of the State to force all of us to do the same - is rooted in the Natural Law which binds all men and women. It is not simply a “religious” position.
This position that marriage - and the family founded upon it - is the first society, is a "truth claim”. It grates against some in this age properly called a "dictatorship of Relativism" by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger before he assumed the Chair of Peter. He has repeated the phrase several times since assuming Peter’s Chair underscoring its importance. Yes, our position on what constitutes a true marriage is confirmed by Revelation, as is evident in the Sacred Scripture and the Tradition. However, Catholic Christians insist that the truth concerning marriage and the family founded upon it is rooted in the Natural Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason. Catholic Christians insist that these objective truths must be the basis of any truly just civil society. They inform a true humanism and help us live together in peace by promoting human flourishing.
The topic of Dr. Hudson’s article was recent “Hate Crimes” legislation which includes those who engage in homosexual behavior as a “protected class” in the very same manner as it includes gender and race. Some are concerned over where this legislation could lead. Others take comfort in language found within the legislation which seeks to protect people with “religious positions”. It is here where I raise the concern that a "two step" may be underway. If unchecked, the trends emerging could have the effect of censoring our right to contend in the Public Square. Here is how it happens. First, those who oppose our positions on matters such as the Right to Life for every human being from conception to natural death and the normative nature of the two parent, marriage bound family will relegate our truth claims to simply being "religious positions." Then they will require that these truth claims be confined to expression only within our Church Walls or we will face the Police power of the State.
There is a Cultural Revolution brewing in the West with two conflicting visions of the human person, human freedom, human flourishing and marriage and the family founded upon it as the first cell of a truly ...
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