Allitt's thesis is that during the 1950s American Catholic conservatives generally held a cohesive position, based on natural law. In politics, Catholic rightists favored a strongly anti Communist foreign policy and defended capitalism, although not in the pure form professed by libertarians. This group succeeded during the 1950s and early 1960s in securing for themselves a distinct place in American politics. But then disaster struck. The Second Vatican Council, with its attendant upheavals, fragmented American Catholicism. Accordingly, in the 1960s and 1970s the united front among Catholic conservative broke apart.I'm too young and new to the faith to be able to comment much on Vatican II. I am curious about the subject, however. I suspect too much blame is put on Vatican II, but also suspect that it muddied the waters more than it needed to. National Review was very good yesterday:
- Megan Cox Gurdon updates us on a C.S. Lewis favourite: Screwtape.
- Christina Hoff Summers weighs in on Harvard's Larry Summers "scandal." Summers is one of the best feminism debunkers around. I recommend her book Who Stole Feminism to anybody who'll listen.
- Robert George on the Schaivo case.