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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Feb 28, 2020

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

You may find a bit of black humor in one of our editorial notes on the news, which explains that: (a) Pope Francis had to cancel a Lenten meeting with priests because he was not feeling well; but (b) He was able to resume his rounds later the same day to meet with the Global Catholic Climate Movement (see Pope’s ‘slight indisposition’). But what is not funny at all is that the Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has manufactured two new rights, not only the right to end your life at any time but the right to have help doing it.

The vagaries of paganism are strange and horrifying. Once we forget that we do not belong to ourselves, it becomes all too easy to protect legally every form of “self-determination”, including self-un-determination. Still, it is a strange exaltation of the individual human will that coerces the rest of us to play along. Clearly, the deeper purpose here is to destroy the rights of those who believe there is an objective difference between good and evil, and that nobody may be legally forced to cooperate in evil.

As we should have learned by now, evil is the ultimate source of all totalitarianisms. If we are committed to something that is wrong, we can brook no reasoned opposition. And if we are determined to press an evil course on society, we must make it illegal to refuse to cooperate in that evil. Our Lord captured this spirit precisely when He observed:  ….

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