Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.
Some time ago, I pointed out that when you make consent the sole criterion of the good, that’s gonna get you a whole lot more than just the gay marriage fracas that is currently agitating our cultural waters. Ultimately, it’s going to throw open absolutely every permutation of perversion that the human mind can conceive.
As if to demonstrate my point, we now see that Switzerland is contemplating getting rid of those silly laws against incest. After all, if two people love each other, who are we to impose our barbaric taboos on that? Consent is (once again) invoked as the sole criterion of the good. No other consideration for the common good matters.
You may think that’s hitting bottom.
You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Freedom untethered from virtue and the good always ends in slavery.
Start the New Year with serious prayer for our depraved post-Christian culture. It doesn’t have to be this way. There is still grace and the opportunity to repent.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:16-21)