The Struggle to Apply Catholic Social Teaching Print
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 19 November 2007 07:15
Three long posts this morning: All substantive and centered around a basic theme:

The struggle to apply Catholic teaching to practical moral dilemmas in the world.

The first: About a new blessed, Fr. Antonio Rosmini, whose written works were once held in suspicion because of his interest in democracy.

The second: on the new US Bishop's statement on voting in light of conversations I had three years ago with two of the foremost Catholic theological experts in the world on the subject of life issues.

The third: on the remarkable life of Peter Benenson, the founder of Amnesty International and convert to Catholicism, in light of Amnesty's recent decision to support abortion as a human right.

If you have time, try to read them all and comment. This is all very pertinent to a consideration of the complexity and critical importance of our mission as lay apostles to evangelize the cultures and structures of the human society.

As C. S. Lewis once pointed out somewhere, our motto is not "Be good, sweet maid, and let those who will be clever". It is "Be good, sweet maid, and remember that means being as clever as you can."

It is a struggle: personal, intellectual, spiritual, and often relational - to identify the good in the midst of a very complicated world and then to determine how best to pursue it and to do so while knowing that other Christians, who are just as faithful, can honestly and legitimately disagree with us. It is not for the faint of heart or the lazy of mind and spirit.