Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

The secular mandatum

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 29, 2004

Garry Will is very unhappy with the US bishops, because they presume to speak from authority on the issue of abortion.

Wills doesn't think that bishops should speak from authority. Only he should do that.

Thus, Wills quickly dismisses a Scriptural argument by Pope Pius XII, saying: "Yet no scholar of Scripture accepts that reading of Genesis 38:9 anymore..."

No scholar of Scripture accepts that reading? None at all?

Then suddenly you realize how this game is played. If someone does accept that argument, by definition he doesn't qualify as a scholar. Leave it to Wills to decide who is a qualified scholar, and you'll find that-- surprise!-- all the scholars agree with him.

Now if a Catholic bishop tried that route-- announcing that university professors aren't Catholic scholars if they disagree with the magisterium-- just imagine the outrage from Wills!

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($17,705 to go):
$35,000.00 $17,295.48
51% 49%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 29, 2004 8:56 PM ET USA

    Dear robbie, I think you don't realize it, but they (the pro-abort politicians) already are excommunicated..., automatically, according to existing Canon Law. The bishops are not enforcing it.

  • Posted by: Robbie - Jun. 29, 2004 5:54 PM ET USA

    Paul Badstone of Sojouners, resent by Augustine Peace and Justice site says similar=Myanswer=Maybe I've missed it, but I haven't seen any bishop actually banning a Catholic (?) politician from Communion - a discussion, but no ban. Maybe they should just excommunicate anyone promoting or allowing abortion to happen. I'm just an uneducated peeon Catholic, who probably slept through ethics classes, but I do know that abortion is murder even if the State says it's OK. There is a "just war" theory

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 29, 2004 10:43 AM ET USA

    I read the arrticle, and horror of horrors, the man is a Catholic. No doubt the fruit of our bishops' disciplinary policies over the decades. To this very moment, the bishops refuse to execute appropriate disciplinary authority...to our disgrace.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 29, 2004 10:21 AM ET USA

    "Now if a Catholic bishop tried that route-- announcing that university professors aren't Catholic scholars if they disagree with the magisterium.." I think to be perfectly honest we all should have deduced the above quote about 10 yrs ago.We certainly had enough warning mystically But should we all breathe a collective sigh of relief now that we "figured it out?" Or perhaps we would prefer to have people like Willis (whatever he claims to be) run our Church? I would prefer death

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering April 22
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20