Hi. Me again. Remember me? Yeah, the guy who used to blog here. I’m not dead yet. You might want to take a seat before I tell you this, but for the past few weeks, I’ve been on duty as a full-time Mr. Mom while putting in the occasional freelance hours in a new field I’m hoping to make into a career.
A week or two ago, I went through my dossier of blog drafts and selected about ten that I really want to polish up and post in the next few weeks, and I was going to preview them, but the window in which I was saving the links for reference closed with my browser, so now I need to go back and pick them out again. Aside from such fascinating logistical snags, as you may have heard, taking care of very small kids all day is extremely demanding and distracting. I’ve been in a heavy reading phase of late, and staying fit is essential for my sanity, so I need some time to regain my urge to blog blog, so, for now, you’ll have to get by with a dribble here.
I will also say that I really appreciate the conversation some of you have been having about religious liberty, and as much as I have wanted to read it all and dive in, well… small kids, weird work schedule, one-driver family, etc. All I will say for now, though, is this:
Enjoining nations to a) afford their citizens the right to practice whatever religion they prefer is not the same thing as enjoining all nations to b) promote the Catholic faith as a civic duty. Tolerance for the practice of religion (a) is logically contained within the duty to promote the Catholic religion (b), and insofar as Dignitatis Humanae stopped at that former principle (a), it failed to enunciate the fullness of the Catholic teaching on what true religious liberty is (b). A half-truth is logically equivalent to a falsehood, and Catholicism, by its very name, is opposed to half-truths and pragmatic compromise. It is the antithesis of true liberty to promote error on an equal footing with truth, for only truth sets man free. Therefore, it is the antithesis of religious liberty to bind true religion, as the pillar of civic order, by the indifferentist chains of mere, Lockean tolerance.