These are hard times to be Catholic.
The scandals and sad failures of leadership would be enough. The issues that we’re known for have become part of the tiresome noise of the culture wars: “what is it about Catholics and sex, Catholics and homosexuality? Abortion?” In some circles we’re seen as ignorant and backward. Are Catholics “allowed” to believe in evolution? Have we heard about the Big Bang?
It is in this context that Otto Piechowski’s new project is so welcome.
Many many years ago he and I were Basselin Fellows at the School of Philosophy at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. After graduation I went to law school and am now a trial attorney. Otto continued his philosophical and theological studies, has taught, and has written and published a number of textbooks.
Throughout history we’ve seen the effects, both good and bad, of various theories of government and society. As modern Americans not only are we exposed to so many “ism’s” but in a democratic spirit of openness we’re also required to respect and listen to and consider so many different teachings.
As Christians and specifically as Catholics, we are part of a community that is two thousand years old. Moreover, as Pope John XXIII said, “spiritually we are all Jews”, so our roots go back even further. We have an intellectual patrimony from the pre-historic world, through the Greek and Roman empires, and through the Middle Ages. The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment are also part our history, and, believe it or not, so too are the ages of science and the Industrial Revolution. Some of those times were tense; maybe we weren’t always in the right. But I do promise that we’ve learned, and we’re moving forward. Christ, in founding the Church, promised His protection, even until the end of time. The Catholic Church, as the people of God, is to lead “all people of good will”, back to God and perfection.
I have big hopes for Otto’s discussions as this forum launches, and pray for its success and fruitfulness.
[Copyright, © Robert J. Kovacs, Esq., Roseland NJ, March 13, 2014. ]