… a powerful Christian counter-witness to the enormously popular cult of Mars among conservative Catholics who are much more passionate about and spend far more energy fighting for the glory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki than they do fighting against (or even being aware of) the shame of something like this.
We conservative Catholics brag that the Magisterium gives us guidance while Protestants are prey to whatever wind of doctrine or cultural fad their pastors happen to have motivate them. But how many of us conservative Catholics actually formulate our thoughts according to the teaching of the Catechism when it issue is not sola scriptura, the papacy, or the Real Presence? How often do we simply repeat the coos and sneers we are taught to imitate by our favorite secular conservative news sources? When the Church denounces the use of nukes against civilians as a crime against man and God, or urges the minimalization or abolition of the death penalty, or warns the preventive war is not in the Catechism, or says that we have an obligation to the poor, or says other things that sound “liberal” to conservatives, how Protestant are we? How inclined to define “prudential judgment” as “ignore the stupid bishops on everything except abortion, euthanasia, contraception, and gay marriage”?