Article From The Personal Archives: The Catholic Answer To The Abuse Of Power

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A piece I wrote some time ago for Crisis Magazine:


The accumulation and exercise of power is on the rise in public life. The secular culture is obsessed with power, especially the universities and those institutions most directly influenced by them, including the media, even local government, and, sadly, service-oriented non-profit organizations. Corporations are also exercising power in new and frightening ways. Power is the ultimate mark of prestige and status in the world today. The abuse of political power is possible only when limitations on its growth are greatly diminished if not entirely removed. Religious institutions that check political ambition become targets for persecution. The Church’s influence is thus increasingly confined to the private sphere of life. As God is pushed to the margins of society, a dictatorship of moral relativism fills the void and power becomes the only currency.

Read the rest at Crisis.



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