Liberals are fond of talking about “the oppressed.” Conservatives are concerned about “the oppressed” too, we just define them differently. I almost posted this as a comment on somebody else’s blog but decided against it:
I think that one of the main differences between liberals and conservatives in the Church is how they define terms such as “the oppressed” and those “on the margins.” My definition of those terms includes any and all human life conceived and/or born by those who do not hold to the historical Christian understanding of sexual/reproductive ethics (ie, sex inside marriage only, and marriage as between one man and one woman). If any particular conception happens outside the historical Christian parameters, then that human life stands a greater chance of being oppressed through abortion or a fractured family structure. Their suffering certainly happens on the margins. Not only is that suffering invisible to the wider culture, the state is an active participant in the cause of that suffering.
Don’t let liberals get away with claiming the moral high ground on sexual/reproductive issues, especially if they are Catholic. For one thing, adults have options; the unborn and children do not. For another thing, our Catholic forebearers were correct in their defense of Catholic sexual/reproductive ethics. The fruit of losing those ethics is evidence of this fact. Finally, we are all Trinitarians, and God wrote the Trinity into our family structure. Liberal Catholics should not be allowed to discount this. As just one example, their embrace of same-sex marriage is tantamount to iconoclasm.
The sexual/reproductive “liberty” is regressive. Here are a few ways it is taking us backwards:
- It justifies buying and selling human life
- It justifies killing innocent human life
- It justifies family structures that have been repudiated due to their oppressive nature to women and children (and the Christian concept of marriage was not unjust for women and children; quite the opposite in fact)
- Family building and slavery
- Science vs. social liberals
- Freedom and fertility
- The pro-choice view of justice is not rational