We’re all troubled by the moral confusion and heterodox beliefs of self-identified American Catholics that have been chronicled in many polls:
- 65 percent believe that employers who have a religious objection to the use of birth control should be required to provide it in health insurance plans for employees; 32 percent disagree.
- 54 percent believe that businesses that provide wedding services should be required to provide those services to same-sex couples; 43 percent disagree.
- 47 percent believe that transgender people should be allowed to use public restrooms of the gender with which they currently identify; 50 percent disagree.
The Cultural Left that controls the diabolical trinity of the mainstream media, the universities, and the entertainment industry has definitely played a major role in the Church becoming the culture. However, we can’t overlook the influence of prelates and priests in creating the Church of the Morally Obtuse.
The Church of the Morally Obtuse
This is such a target-rich environment that a good moral theologian could write an entire book or series of books on the subject. With his usual keen wit, the inimitable Fr. Rutler recently wrote about Pope Francis’s reluctance to talk about (“I will not say a word”) serious allegations of depravity in the Church, and, at the same time, being more than willing to talk about the issue of floating plastics in our oceans:
“We cannot allow our seas and oceans to be littered by endless fields of floating plastic. Here, too, our active commitment is needed to confront this emergency.” The battle against plastic litter must be fought “as if everything depended on us.”
The Church of the Morally Obtuse won’t talk about things that are intrinsically evil but it’s more than willing to bloviate about peripheral matters. It strains at a gnat and swallows a camel and gives endless homilies on how to major in minors and minor in majors.
This same spirit animated Cardinal Cupich when asked about allegations that the Holy See covered up the McCarrick depravity. We don’t “want to go down that rabbit hole” because Francis has bigger fish to fry in addressing climate change and immigration. His claims that NBC 5 edited his interview in a deceptive way have been debunked.
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