Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Role of the catholic church

This Economist article has an interesting slant on the pope's reign and the church's future direction. However because it focuses on foreseeable consequences of policy, rather than moral principles of right and wrong: to be kind, the economist is showing fairly extreme moral contextualism - hinting that contraception and abortion policy may have to be more liberal in some contexts for the greater good of the world.

1 comment:

Dr. Clam said...

The standard critique of the Catholic Church's position on barrier contraceptives is insane.

Like people who ignore the Church's prohibition on premarital and extramarital sex are going to pay attention to what the Pope says about condoms?

That would be like stopping for the red 'don't walk' sign on your way home from knocking over the liquor store.

Really, you don't compromise the logical self-consistency of your worldview just to get bums on seats. Not unless you are a (shudder) 'liberal protestant'.