“Exclude,” and the noun “exclusion,” have become contentious moral terms. They are perceived as bad opposites to “include” and “inclusion,” concepts that are often regarded as among the great social goods of our day – so much so that hospitals, universities, government agencies, and businesses now have offices dedicated solely to issues of “diversity and inclusion.”
Consequently, the Church is now often being judged primarily in light of these concepts. Witness, for example, the New York Times headline the day the Synod on Youth’s final document was released: “Bishops Urge Greater Inclusion of Women in Church Decisions.” Perhaps so, but was that the

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