25 August 2010

Proactive resistance

The Italian journalist Sandro Magister notes that the Bishops of the United States seem to be shifting toward a new focus in relation to American politics:

With respect to the past, the shift represented by the new course of the Church in the United States consists, on the terrain of politics, of abandoning the "Kennedy doctrine," the doctrine of a rigid separation between Church and state, the effect of which – according to its critics – is the privatization of religious belief in the isolation of the conscience and its elimination from the public sphere.

Magister particularly notes that the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, has called Catholics to a certain "resistance" that is not just defensive, but - in Magister's word -proactive.

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