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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Oct 14, 2022
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 CatholicCulture.org.
One of the ideological emphases of our contemporary religious and moral culture is “inclusion”. I say “ideological” because the imperative to be “inclusive” has become yet another “ism”—though we usually call it “inclusivity” rather than “inclusivism”. Now “isms” are always viewpoints that override everything else and cause us to interpret all things from the perspective of the “ism” in question. I often remark that the only legitimate “ism” is Catholicism, precisely because it means universal, and so excludes nothing that is real.
Nothing that is real? Yes, this is an appropriate phrase because there is a fundamental sense in which only the Good is real. Evil is an absence of a due good, and in this sense the identifying mark of evil is not its own substance but its elimination of a good in which the evil-doer and others could otherwise participate. In other words, the one who does evil is actually depriving himself and others of some good. Thus, evil is always an attack on the Good and on those who uphold the Good. For this reason, we find that there is a moral necessity to exclude from the community of the Church those who repeatedly and unrepentantly attempt to eliminate what is Good. …