This time, on abortion, by Fr Dr Anthony Kelly of Australian Catholic University: “Abortion and the Selective Compassion of Our Time”
It is written in an eirenic tone (of the “come let us reason together” type), and while very well stated, I fear (taking the uniformly negative comments as evidence) that Fr Anthony has failed to achieve his objective. Nevertheless, I applaud him for his attempt.
This article does appear to fall into the same basket as the previous one I linked to about “Catholic Voices” and the push for “same-sex marriage”. It is an issue which, from a Catholic point of view, is not specifically religious, but rather about what is necessary for human flourishing. Yet that is precisely the point, I think – this point of view on human flourishing IS a precisely a characteristically Catholic point of view. Although you will find the occasional protestant or Muslim or Jewish or even non-theistic voices raised with us along the same lines, it is nevertheless true that it is a position almost uniformly represented in our society today by Catholic voices.
Which causes me to wonder, whether Kate Edwards might not be partly right in her recent comments about how we represent our position in the media. We can and do and must argue from reason and natural law when we take our stand in the public square. We cannot expect much gain from appealing to authorities which non-Catholics do not recognise. And yet perhaps we will only advance in convincing others of our vision for human flourishing in so far as we are ultimately able to convince them of God’s love for humanity and that it is his will that human society and individuals prosper.
In other words, we will succeed in evangelising our society only in so far as we are able to convert hearts and minds to God’s vision for his creation.