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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, June 25, 2024

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. 

 

The daily news provides us with innumerable stories which could have been uplifting but instead have become horror stories because of patently bad decisions. Of course, a few stories are the direct result of good decisions. But in general, good decisions do not make news unless they are strong decisions running against the general tide of public opinion (in which case they will be widely lamented as stunningly bad decisions). Merely by looking at yesterday’s news—in this case the news reported on the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist, who so courageously decided to bear an unceasingly provocative witness to Christ—we see immediately that, even in Catholic affairs, good decisions can be thin on the ground.

Let us take four examples: ….

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