The day has arrived when your humble servant will do my duty. Namely, I will begin a four-part series of homilies aimed at preparing us to pray and fast through the “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21 to July 4.
First, though, if I may:
Dr. David Schindler has published an essay about human nature, freedom, and rights.
He distinguishes the ideal of a modern ‘liberal’ regime from the regime envisioned in the Church’s articulation of Her doctrine of religious freedom.
Dr. Schindler exposes the paradox at the heart of the liberal ideal of a religion-neutral state. If the law/the courts/the goverment say that freedom means anything other than openness to God and truth, then the content of what freedom is will always be supplied by the strong–at the expense of the weak.
The independent man who determines for himself what life means will inevitably do so at the expense of a weaker person. The only man who never infringes on the genuine “rights” of others is the one who acknowledges that he depends on God for his freedom, and he must use his freedom to seek goodness and truth.
In other words, if man is not for God, then he is for himself–at the expense of someone else, sooner or later.
I bring this up because: Obviously, Dr. Shindler has been reading my posts on the HHS-Mandate controversy and decided to supply the philosophical argumentation for why I make so much daggone sense.
We present a collection of the ramblings on this subject from the past few months, years:
Warming up for action: Answering the atheist…
To set the stage: Theology ≠ Esoterica
Kathleen Sibelius, Bishops Dolan and Lori, and me:
3. Define ‘Health’ for Me [See ‘What is Life?’ above for an answer.]
12. Cathleen Kaveny’s Good Distinctions (January 2013)
Four Sermons on “We cannot co-operate with evil, even if the civil law stipulates that we must.”
Fortnight for Freedom Homilies
3. Elijah’s God
Theme Song: A Catholic Boy Can Survive
Fortnight for Freedom Homilies, 2013