Removing the Blindfold by Dr. John Rao

Among American Catholics, there is a certain unwillingness to see anything amiss with modern civilization as embodied in the American dream of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Often, this is because the only alternatives to democracy we know are the much more frightening specters of socialism and communism. To many, it seems the only way to have an effective voice in the American political arena is to align ourselves with the so-called conservative “Right.” Yet if we follow the logic of the “Right” today, we may wonder why people who support individual rights and freedom of conscience in the economic and political realm are so vehemently opposed to the supremacy of individual rights and freedom of conscience in the moral realm. Many Catholics give up following the logic at this point and cast their vote in favor of freedom of conscience as the most important principle—because it is the most advantageous to them at this moment. Continue reading