Ill winds for integralism

Promoting Catholic integralism — the idea that temporal power (the State) should be subordinate to spiritual power (the Church) — is one of [Harvard] Prof. [and recent convert to Catholicism Adrian] Vermeule’s pet causes. I would suggest that Vermeule restrain himself from attacking angry but faithful Catholic parents like [Michael Brendan] Dougherty, to conserve his energy for the superhuman task ahead of him — one that grows ever more daunting with each passing day. I speak, of course, about maintaining the conceit that the Roman Catholic Church led by bishops like these is capable of directing the State towards righteousness.

Rod Dreher

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