Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Natural Law to the Rescue

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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Aug 31, 2021

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …


Voltaire, the apostate Enlightenment philosopher, famously quipped, “In the beginning, God created man in His own image, and man has been trying to repay the favor ever since.” The repackaging God’s revelation to reflect our biases helps explain the present breakdown in trust for our leaders.

The crisis in authority extends to religious leaders. Historically, wiithin the Catholic Church priests and bishops were generally (with many exceptions) careful to avoid squandering their teaching authority on political matters. Of course, religious and political spheres overlap to some extent. Opposition to policies that promote the evil of abortion, for example, is always a legitimate Church concern. But clerical overreach has become routine in recent decades. Many clerics have more confidence in their favorite policy positions on immigration, climate change, and vaccines than in the Church’s teaching on marriage and same-sex unions. Alas, clergy at all levels of the Church are increasingly particularly vulnerable to the ancient Serpentine temptation: “Ye shall be as gods,” claiming personal mastery over the moral law. …

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