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Culture war

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Feb 08, 2024

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at

This isn’t a culture war

“The biggest mistake we make is in believing that we are in a so-called ‘culture war,’ writes the Irish scholar Mark Dooley, at the opening of an essay for The European Conservative. Do you think you disagree? Maybe you should wait to read his next two sentences:

The phrase ‘culture war’ assumes that both sides have rival cultures they are battling to defend and promote. However, the enemies of civilization, of life, and love, have no culture.

The point, Dooley argues, is that this is not a ‘culture war’ but a spiritual battle. “When you observe our current predicament from that standpoint, the prevailing madness makes perfect sense.” The essay makes a great deal of sense as well. The goal of the radical left today is not to substitute one sort of culture for another, but to eliminate every form of culture. …

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