Posts Tagged ‘Culture wars’

Church as field hospital or battlefield

Thursday, November 18th, 2021
Benedict XVI

Throughout history, there have been Church debates — either locally or with the powers at the Vatican — that have had far-reaching and long-term consequences on the lived and intellectual history of Catholicism. One of them, for instance, was the “Chinese rites” controversy in the 17thand 18thcenturies. This would influence the way the Church approached Read more

How not to talk about vaccines: Culture war vs common good

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Why are some US bishops of the Catholic Church telling Catholics to avoid the newly approved Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine? Why did some U.S. Catholic leaders rush to issue warnings about this vaccine even though the Vatican has already said that it can be morally acceptable to receive it? Most importantly, why did these Read more

Culture wars come to NZ

Monday, June 8th, 2020

New Zeland is not free from the culture wars that plague the United States. A Black Lives Matter t-shirt sparked a fistfight on the steps of a small-town New Zealand church. John Whyte and his wife Jess wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts to church that Sunday in December 2019. “Why are you wearing such an Read more

NZ’s bevy of referenda could intensify an already growing culture war

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Next year New Zealand will hold public referenda to decide whether to legalise assisted suicide and recreational marijuana. Separately, parliament is considering a bill that would decriminalise abortion. Simultaneously tackling all three could “foster an already growing culture war in New Zealand,” said Bryce Edwards, a political commentator and lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington. Read more

Written record challenges Viganò’s ‘truth’

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

On Sunday, Father Federico Lombardi and Father Thomas Rosica issued a joint statement disputing one of the claims Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò made in his recently published letter. Their statement is based on a hand-written record of a meeting they had with Viganò. Lombardi is the former director of the Holy See Press Office and Read more

Having lost the culture wars, should Christians withdraw?

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Conservative Christians in America are enjoying fresh winds of political favor. In his first month in office, President Trump upheld his promise to nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice. Last week, his administration rescinded former guidelines allowing transgender students to use the public school bathrooms of their choice. And evangelical leaders report having direct access Read more

Pell warns against lay preoccupation with priests’ tasks

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Cardinal George Pell has warned lay people against fleeing from the world and becoming preoccupied with church services and tasks of the priesthood. Speaking in Ireland, the cardinal said the so-called culture wars “are entering a new phase of political struggle which can only be fought by laypeople”. He urged young people to get involved Read more