Last night's presidential debate ended with both candidates assuring the voters that there would be full and ready access to birth control for all women. Such is the modern world, and such the unwavering American approach to human freedom. My thoughts are here, including this:
Given that no one can “impose” his personal religious views on another, and that morality must remain in the private sphere, how can we prevail on the culture to honor conjugal love without explaining that God's plan for the person requires chastity and self-control? I do agree with the bishops that we must defend religious liberty so that we have the freedom to make this truth known, but such a rear guard action at this point—without making a strong and spirited defense of authentic conjugal love—may be too little and too late to influence family policies in the only way that will restore a healthy culture.
I welcome your thoughts!
ADDENDA: Dr Taylor Marshall shared his own important concerns here.
George Weigel makes the case that economic health is essential: "A robust economy is not only an economic imperative; it is a moral and cultural imperative," but I can't help thinking that he's got it precisely backwards. All his arguments are correct as far as they go, but he doesn't address the fundamental problem that a materialist view poses for those who try to prioritise the spiritual underpinnings to civic life. When the moral foundations to a culture are in order, the economics will take care of themselves. Remember that our word "economy" comes from the Greek word Oikonomia (οἰκονομία) + Nemein (νέμω) meaning "the management of one's household."