Okay. I’m glad the guy’s Catholic and all but…

“If it’s truly a beneficial religion or belief system – whether it’s Catholicism or Islam or Judaism – it will hopefully make them a better person,” he says.” ????

I understand we live in a pluralist culture and I affirm the Church’s teaching on religious liberty. Decisions of faith have to be free decisions to mean anything. But that’s not the same thing as saying that a thing is to be believed “because it makes you a better person”. The only reason anything should ever be believed is because it’s true. If it’s not true, you shouldn’t believe it.

More of the strange overlap between consumer culture, heartfelt faith, and muddled thinking. Happily, the validity of our baptism and the love of God do not depend on our ability to think clearly. We are not justified by intellectual works. But if the Holy Spirit is at work, we will find our thoughts getting clearer one day, it is to be hoped.


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