Recently, I’ve found myself considering a few of the strangest happenings in this year of several discontents: the development of some new”Catholic integralism”
which (in the words of an urge ) promotes the idea that”the nation should reevaluate Catholicism as authentic and combine with the Church as human anatomy for her spirit.”
Even the proponents of a confessionally Catholic country as the best kind of government are modest in amount. But they have shown a fantastic capacity to rile up the discussion concerning the present American political scenario, also about Catholic social philosophy usually. Therefore a couple of questions are in order.
Have not we noticed this — or anything like it — earlier?
Back in 1933a priest by the Benedictine abbey of Maria Laach explained the ascendant National Socialist German Workers Party since the”consciousness” of the entire Body of Christ from the world.
Erratic: Emmanuel Mounier dominant French poet, theologian, and activist who dared throughout the 1940s from encouraging right-wing statism to trying an alliance between Catholicism and Stalinism.
Emmanuel Mounier’s dominant French poet and activist, initially discovered a match to his refusal of modernity at the right-wing statism of Marshal Petain’s Vichy regime, even before devoting 180 degrees after World War II and attempting to forge a Catholic alliance using Stalinist communism.
Residing in the rarified atmosphere of high-altitude abstraction, the newest integralists appear uninterested in this background. But such fiascos are significant cautionary tales for almost any Catholic warrior who supposes the ethical and cultural disaster of the West will be solved by the Catholic Church allying itself with state authority or from the state supporting the Nicene Creed.
There are lots of, many upsetting things about American society, culture, and politics now; in certain areas, “I Had It My Way” has displaced”America the Beautiful” as a different national anthem.
However, to imply (as some integralists appear tempted to perform ) the Supreme Court’s Obergefell conclusion imposing same-sex”union” around the nation has been gestated in the womb of this Declaration of Independence be ahistorical crap.
There’s an intricate causal chain resulting in Obergefell also not return into”We hold these truths to become self-explanatory.”
To indicate that it will — which Catholic social philosophy stipulates the secret to knowing Obergefell’s alleged inevitability — would be to substitute Leo XIII’s interpretation of St. Thomas Aquinas using G.W.F. Hegel’s historic determinism from the bases of the Church’s social teaching.
Emphasizing the vital importance of the democracy of a lively, truth-based, people moral civilization, they correctly recognized the most profound causes of the current political distortions and dysfunctions.
Teaching the Church’s public function would be to form that general ideology by forming taxpayers that reside in fact. They placed Catholic social philosophy from the context of the New Evangelisation and defended the Church’s independence to become itself. Stressing the incompetence of this country, they helped fortify the obstacles to some new type of authoritarianism, right or left.
The sober of this new integralists acknowledge they’re not supplying a practical application for here-and-now.
What is the undertaking, then? Could it be uncharitable to suggest this may be a match played with Catholic intellectuals that not ran for office themselves — a game which, but unintentionally, would be complicating the Church’s public opinion from misrepresenting Catholic social philosophy?