I just wanted to highlight a couple of articles I've come across recently that I think are worth a good read - I may come back to them and blog on them further if I have time, but in the meantime, do take a look.
1. Understanding secularism/liberalism - The puzzzle of intolerant tolerance. A really excellent article on Mercatornet by Dr Michael Casey of Sydney. I'll probably come back to this one, but in the meantime, savour this short extract.
Dr Casey makes an interesting (and very plausible) distinction between relativism, which has been the driving force of liberalism up until recently, and what he dubs 'decisionism':
"Decisionism is an ugly word for a very impoverished idea of authority. In its simplest form it means that, in the absence of truth, authority derives solely from the decision to assert one set of values over all others. It agrees with relativism that there are no values which are universally true, but completely rejects relativism’s conclusion that therefore all values must be treated as no more and no less than equally valid. Decisionism is a “solution” to relativism, with the decision—an act of will—taking the place of truth to justify one set of values as supreme over others. "
2. On thinking with the Church - Fifteen criteria of Authentic Catholic Thought. Like most traddies, I'm not a great fan of the late Cardinal Dulles, but this article highlights some useful criteria he set out. Maybe we would put some different emphasizes in there, add a few things, drop a few! But still, if the liberals took this on board I doubt we'd have a heresy problem...
3. On the abuse scandals - Seven Myths About the Catholic Church and Clergy Sex Abuse: An American Journalist’s View. Not sure that I agree with everything in it (need to go back and reread some of the claimed evidence for various propositions), but a useful attempt to look at what is and isn't true in the myths that have grown up around this subject.
**And on the abuse scandal comes the news today that two Melbourne priests have been laicized. Good. I've heard the argument about keeping them under continued ecclesiastical supervision, but remain totally unconvinced that proper supervision is possible these days - if they chose to retire to a strict monastery and do penance that would be one thing, but...