Learning from Integralism

"Thomas Pink is exactly right when he writes that with “political secularization we find states . . . departing from natural law on an ever-widening field of issues, including abortion, euthanasia, and marriage.” Moreover, the “secularizing state bears increasingly false witness to the common good. It moves with depressing speed, in many countries, to repress and marginalize opposing Christian witness to the natural law in public life.” The argument becomes less certain when Pink turns to why, or perhaps better, how, a public confession of Catholicism gets the “state” on track. In one articulation of his answer, Pink seems not to seek to establish more than what I have already argued for here, which isn’t a Catholic “establishment,” but something like a Christian Commonwealth."