Catholic Political Realism is the Only Hope for America
Americans are longing for something beyond mere restatements of liberalism.
William Benson, editor-in-chief of The American Postliberal, was recently published in The American Spectator in response to an article claiming that Catholic Political Realism is “unrealistic” and “stems from despair.”
You can read an excerpt from the article below and can read it in full here!
Catholic Political Realism is a realism about Catholicism’s inherent nature. This is not something we shy away from. Catholicism is the one true Church, and therefore its claims as to the nature of the political order must be taken seriously. Ultimately, it is a realism of what it means to be human: that man has sinned, and that through Christ and His Church, we may find salvation. In this way, Catholic Political Realism is an endorsement of a politics that recognizes man’s communal, social, and most importantly, sacramental nature, and that the Church has a unique rule to exercise spiritual and temporal power in the commission of saving souls. There is no utopianism here — it is the most realistic conception of politics ever conducted.