Once upon a time, political discourse among orthodox Catholics was dominated by the old First Things school – Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, George Weigel, Michael Novak. These writers adopted Fr. John Courtney Murray’s reconciliation of American constitutionalism and Catholic political thought. At root, they were “classical” liberals.
The great promise of liberal democracy was that its neutral institutions and procedures provided a check against tyranny. But as Catholics are excluded from the public sphere, the body counts of abortion and euthanasia (not always voluntary) rise, and the quasi-religious aspect of liberalism comes to the fore, that promise is no longer credible.

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