I am pleased to share an op-ed of mine that The New York Daily News published this morning, “A Catholic Model for Muslim Awakening.” The Paris massacres have brought still another round of debate on what sort of religion Islam is. Predictably, there are renewed calls for an Islamic Reformation. Others have called for an Islamic Enlightenment. Both are bad analogies, I argue. A far better model is the Catholic Church’s long road to religious freedom, culminating in Dignitatis Humanae — the Church’s declaration on religious freedom — at the Second Vatican Council. The Church’s historical trajectory shows how a religious community that once did not embrace religious freedom found a way to endorse it on grounds consistent with its traditional core commitments rather than on the basis of secularism or otherwise a departure from these commitments. Arguments welcome!
Another story that we’ve been tracking here at ArcU is the surprising and interesting revival of Catholicism in France. Writer Samuel Gregg has a new piece out documenting the trend. The title, “France’s Catholic Revolution,” seems a bit overstated to me; I would think “French Catholicism’s Slow But Steady Comeback” would be better. Still, it’s an insightful piece with interesting angles on Church-state relations and laïcité.
Last week we posted a piece on the Orthodox Church and Russia’s relationship with the West. Now, an insightful piece has been published in the Christian Science Monitor by correspondent Fred Weir on the OC’s backing of Russia’s intervention in Syria.