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BY Father Owen Kearns, LC
There was a
time when the word counterculture called
to mind images of scruffy hippies, outlaw bikers and other conspicuous
nonconformists going about the highways and byways of America doing their “own
thing.” These groups varied in their particular interests, causes and
activities, but they were bound by a common thread: They rejected the morals
and standards of The Establishment.
days are long gone. But the counterculture of the late 1960s did not disintegrate.
On the contrary: It grew older, put on a respectable face and worked its way
into the mainstream. Gradually, it became the mainstream. “Free love” led to the
normalization of cohabitation. “Trust no one over 30” turned into widespread
mistrust, if not reflexive dismissal, of authority. Abortion became just
another form of birth control. And
on and on.
yesterday’s counterculture is today’s mainstream society, it follows that those
who reject mainstream morals and standards are today’s counterculture.
dominant culture of our day — secular
and secularizing — is the mission territory of the New Evangelization.
our lead story in this issue’s Culture of Life section and you’ll see that,
whatever your particular interests, causes and activities, you’re in very good
company. You’ll also get some great ideas from some leading Catholic
personalities on ways to “do your own thing” as a member of the new
a story that does what the Register likes to do: arm the revolutionaries — I