Where-in I "rip-off" another writer on the web, giving due credit, of course. Today's choice: Russell Shaw and why people don't like the Catholic Church:
The Catholic Church adheres to an ethic of substantive human purposes — things
like life, truth, and justice — that establish the parameters of ethically
acceptable choices and behavior. To do the right thing is to act within these
boundaries; to do what is wrong is to act outside them.
mindset, by contrast, favors a libertarian ethic of process and procedure —
values like democracy, equal opportunity, and that epitome of the process ethic:
the “right to choose.” To be sure, most people rightly live by a mix of values
of both kinds — partly substantive, partly procedural — but the differences in
emphasis are real and often extremely important.
According to the process
ethic, there is in principle no such thing as absolute right and wrong — no
substantive good that can’t be violated in a pinch if violating it furthers the
exercise of choice by a sufficient number of persons.
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