• Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Spectacular article, Mr. Shea. One question regarding your comment: “This means, among other things, that we must stop pitting concern about abortion and euthanasia against Catholic teaching on social justice as though they are opposites. ”

    I couldn’t agree more. So why is it that come election time, every single speaker on Catholic radio seems to toss that out the window?

    I listen to a lot of Catholic radio on the commute, and last election you would have thought that all human civilization hinged on gay marriage and abortion. If callers ever mention things like poverty, education, the death penalty, or war, then the Catholic host without fail throws those in the “prudential judgment” category and goes right back into gay marriage and abortion.

    It just seems incredibly unbalanced to me, and you are one of the few voices in Catholic media that seems to be consistently balanced on this issue. Why are there so few like you?

    • Mark Shea

      You’re asking the wrong person. I don’t know why other people do what they do.

  • Elaine S.

    “last election you would have thought that all human civilization hinged on gay marriage and abortion… it just seems incredibly unbalanced to me”
    Of course there is far more to Catholic social teaching than gay marriage and abortion. However, I think Catholic outlets go out of their way to emphasize these issues more strongly because they are trying to counteract the influence of secular/mainstream media which considers those things to be fundamental human “rights” and everyone who opposes them to be repressive bigots. In those two instances the secular word is lined up in total opposition to what the Church teaches and the Church has to “push back” that much harder. With regard to poverty, education, the death penalty, etc. there are still plenty of people in the secular media who agree that these things are bad, hence Catholic media feels less need to emphasize them.
    IIRC Rush Limbaugh was (perhaps still is; I don’t listen to him very often anymore) fond of saying that he didn’t have to offer “equal time” to liberals on his show because his show was “equal time” — it was intended as a counterbalance to the numerous other news/talk shows dominated by liberals. I think the Catholic media you listen to have a somewhat similar view.

  • Elaine S.

    Two corrections: I should have said “the secular WORLD is lined up in total opposition” and I really didn’t mean to suggest that education was an evil comparable to poverty and the death penalty! Education is something that both the Church and the secular world agree is, in and of itself, a good thing though there is obviously disagreement about what should be taught and why.