Pope condones contraception to avoid Zika?

Pope Francis told reporters that women threatened with the Zika virus, which causes birth defects, could use contraception.  Abortion, though, he emphasized, is an “absolute evil,” which should never be committed.

This is extraordinary.  It seems to me that if you make this exception, in which the end justifies the means, the whole fabric of the Roman Catholic ethical system and its reading of  natural law, becomes unravelled.

Every time the Pope has said something radical, the Vatican comes back with an explanation that this is not what he really meant.  We’ll see if that happens this time. [Read more…]

Libertarian Socialism

Another take on the strange and contradictory political ideologies we are seeing today, such as we posted on yesterday.   In a recent book,William Gairdner  speaks of “libertarian socialism.”  It’s a political philosophy that basically will let the government be as powerful as it wants, as long as it allows sexual freedom.  See Gairdner’s  interview at Federalist Radio, excerpted after the jump, where you will also find a link to his book.

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Ben Sasse calls out Trump on the adultery issue

Sen. Ben Sasse (R, Neb) has called out Donald Trump for all of his bragging about his sexual exploits, including adultery with married women.  He asked him, in a stream of questions on Twitter:

You brag abt many affairs w/ married women. Have you repented? To harmed children & spouses? Do you think it matters?

Sen. Sasse–a fellow Lutheran whom I know personally–is raising an issue that Christian supporters of Trump like Rev. Jerry Falwell, Jr., have been steering clear of.  Why is that, do you think?  Doesn’t that sort of thing matter to Christians anymore?

Having set aside the requirements of being a Christian and being a conservative, many of our Christian activists are now also setting aside the requirement of good character.  So what is left for a distinctly Christian political activism to support?  Has being against immigration become the new single-issue voting criterion, replacing opposition to abortion? [Read more…]

“This is the week the Anglican church might fall apart”

A major meeting of the world-wide Anglican Communion is taking place this week in Canterbury.  And it may result in the conservative churches of the old “mission fields” breaking fellowship with the liberals in the West.  Or, if any unity at all will be preserved, it will be in the form of a new “looser” arrangement.  (See this.)

Charles Moore has some trenchant things to say about this in a column in the London Telegraph entitled “This Is the Week the Anglican Church Might Fall Apart.”  He says, for example, that African Anglicans look upon the West’s embrace of same-sex marriage like the old missionaries looked at polygamy and cannibalism.  They consider the imposition of gay bishops and liberal theology as a sign of imperial oppression. [Read more…]

The new colonialism

The left continues to condemn colonialism.  Western nations taking over “third world” countries was indeed morally problematic and the source of many problems today in our “post-colonial” world.  But today the left is championing a “new colonialism,” one that insists on imposing the modern West’s views of sexual permissiveness, contraception, and abortion on cultures that recoil from them.  Now Pope Francis is speaking out against this “ideological colonialism.”

Maybe this will encourage the left to abandon multi-culturalism and moral relativism!  Then again, those are the ideas they are trying to impose on traditional cultures. [Read more…]

Sexual ethics are part of social justice

Many people, including the Pope, are saying that the church should devote more attention to social justice as opposed to to sexual ethics.  First Things editor Matthew Schmitz, a Catholic, reminds us that sexual ethics are part of social justice. [Read more…]


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