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5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Catholic Church in America (2012)

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Catholic Church in America (2012)

by SPL Staff on Dec 31, 2011 • 1:11 am

Listers, at the year’s end many self-proclaimed Catholic sites pull their favorite bodies from the idealogical morgue and deliver the normal spate of women priests, LGBT issues, anti-contraception rhetoric, and the like. Other groups may suggest unrealistic reactions to Vatican II, and still yet the majority of conservative Catholic sites are settled into their roles as apologists and little else.

SPL is none of these groups. The following suggestions are not unrealistic reforms or heretical screeds, they are simply areas where the Church must be faithful to her own teachings. It is not a call back to some fanciful time or a cry out for some “new era” in the Church. We – the Church Militant – must engage our own time in fidelity and wisdom.

SPL humbly recommends the following New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Speak of Virtue

The Church has come under the destructive habit of speaking of values and not virtues. Values are relative. Even in attempting to explain what a value is, one must state a reference point. If one says traditional marriage is a value, the obvious question is to whom? Values are as easily defended as they are discredited, e.g., Republicans value traditional marriage and Democrats value LGBT equality. Each party arrives with its own reference points, its own standards, its own values. Values are a relativistic political mire.

However, Virtues are objective, and have stood as the infrastructure for Catholic political thought for more than a millennium. The Virtues need no subjective reference to grant them clarity or meaning. For example, the Cardinal Virtues:

Prudence“very act of reason,” the “principal virtue,” which orders things
– Directs the virtues through right reasoning
Justice – the ordering of reason in operations
– Places all things in proper order according to reason
Temperance ordering of passion: to curb the incites against reason
– Safeguards against that which would lure men from reason, e.g., lust
Fortitudeordering of passion: to halt the withdraw from reason
– Safeguards against that which would make men flee reason, e.g., fear

Catholics should return to speaking in terms of the Virtues, and not in terms of relative values. The 2011 surge and call to arms of Religious Liberty has seen a deluge of “value” talk, but little to no appeal or education to Virtue.

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