I’m No Optimist, but…

Optimism is always a delusion, a belief that things will somehow work out OK. It is based on the notion that People Are Basically Good (PABGoo, in short).  In other words, it is a complete denial of reality, as evident throughout all human history and clearly visible in every day’s news.

Optimism is a pseudo-scientific, secular substitute for Hope, which is a Christian virtue based on faith in a loving God.

Fortunately, when we look carefully, even in these dire days, we can find hopeful things in the news. Even hopeful news about the state of our Church occasionally pops up. Recent days offered some.

Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the US Council of Catholic Bishops, issued a public statement on the inauguration of President (and “devout catholic”) Joe Biden. 

“I look forward to working with President Biden and his administration, and the new Congress. As with every administration, there will be areas where we agree and work closely together and areas where we will have principled disagreement and strong opposition.

“Our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”

Unsurprisingly, this provoked an outburst from Democratic spokesman (and Archbishop of Chicago) Cupich, who called it “ill-considered”.  It is also no surprise that the Knights of Columbus, slandered as extremists by our new Vice President, stood firm in support.

Gomez’ statement also stimulated an outpouring of responses from other Catholic Bishops (see HERE), most of it strongly supportive.  

Imagine! Straight talk from the USCCB!


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