Civility is not relative. Neither is morality.

Meant to get to this before, but the message is always timely.

Last November, a bi-partisan group of lay Catholics issued a “Call for Civility” in public debate about the teachings of the Church as related to
politicians who choose to ignore them in their public behavior.

In a statement released on November 6, a group of
prominent Catholic public figures lamented the “divisively partisan”
tone of political debates, and the “attacks on private conduct and

The group especially wanted Catholic bishops to pretty much refrain
from publicly teaching about morality and the importance of
participating in politics with a well informed conscience.

Last week, another group of Catholics issued a response to that statement.

In a joint statement released on January 22, 96
Catholics– including Templeton Prize winner Michael Novak, Judge Robert
Bork, historian James Hitchcock, theologian William May, and other
public figures from the worlds of academe, publishing, and public
policy– say that the “feel free even strongly to condemn the public
policy positions of Catholic politicians who support abortion,
embryo-destructive research, and homosexual marriage.”

The day before the Florida primary and a week before Super Tuesday,
this is a good time to catch up on public policy positions, and the
fact that they are all, ultimately, moral decisions.

It is compelling reading.


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