Wednesday, September 12, 2012

From Rod Dreher
  • Paternalism and the dumb.
  • John Zmirak on bad bishops: To remain a faithful Catholic today requires vigilance, skepticism, and a strong sense of the rights of the laity – not to meddle with doctrine or improvise the liturgy, but to protect their children from harm, their country from stupid policies, and their paychecks from confiscation by the State (as so many bishops happily advocate). I know that the opposite of clericalism isn’t anti-clericalism. I wish there were a good word for what I’m talking about. The closest thing I can think of is Ghibellinism – the view held by Dante (among others) that insisted on the rights of the temporal power and the Christian lay community against overreaching by the clergy.

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