Bulletin July 31, 2022
July 29, 2022
From Bishop O'Connell:
The Holy Father has extended the opportunity for a plenary indulgence ”to grandparents, elderly and all the faithful” who participate this weekend in World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly and “to the faithful who devote adequate time to visit, in presence or virtually, through the media, their elderly brothers and sisters in need or in difficulty.” The indulgence also applies to those who cannot leave home due to illness or other age-related incapacity but who participate spiritually. The usual conditions for receiving the plenary indulgence apply: sacramental confession, Holy Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.
The moral conflicts that permeate our public policy debates are endless and irresolvable because our culture no longer has a rational, mutually accepted way of getting to moral agreement. The answer of the liberal state (including our own) to these stubborn disputes is to remove morality to the private sphere. But that course of government is itself a value judgment, a morally loaded act disguised as neutrality. All law and all public policy embody someone’s idea of what we ought to do, including the notion that we “ought” to keep personal moral beliefs out of public debates.
Chaput, Archbishop (retired) Charles J.;Strangers in a Strange Land