Can a Catholic be a Liberal?

The Knights of Divine Mercy, partnered with The Diocese of Madison Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, invited Dr. Peter Kreeft to speak on Friday evening, November 18. Nearly 500 people were in attendance. Dr. Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and is considered one of the leading voices combatting the growing influences of modernism and secularism in our times.

Dr. Peter Kreeft pulled no punches in this presentation entitled, “Can a Catholic Be a Liberal?” His premise was based on the power of words and how their meaning can change or be manipulated to further a political agenda. Dr. Kreeft admitted that he once considered himself a liberal Democrat. Now he considers himself a conservative Republican. Yet, none of his positions have changed, just the idea of what it means to be liberal or conservative has changed drastically in his lifetime.

Dr Kreeft told the audience, “Yet, in the political realm, the term liberal has been hijacked by abortion rights activists, Kreeft said. “A Catholic cannot be today what is called a liberal about abortion. That’s obvious. That’s a ‘duh.’”

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  1. Mrs. O says:

    I would like to ask Dr. Kreeft, what makes him qualified to compare the abuse scandal to abortion? I have listened to his talk and I find him lacking in his understanding of how and why the priests AND other sexually abuse children and others. Primary reason is power. I realize this was part of his dialogue but I would like to challenge him on his thinking of sexual abuse. To me, they are both devastating and I would leave it at that.

    • Sir Tim says:

      Thanks for taking the time to listen to the talk Dr. Kreeft gave to the Knights of Divine Mercy and others of the Diocese of Madison, WI. It was a very thought-provoking talk and worthy of an equally long question and answer session; which sadly there wasn’t time for. Perhaps you would like to ask him yourself in a letter. He can be contacted c/o:

      Maloney Hall, Room 369
      21 Campanella Way
      Boston College
      Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

      Please keep visiting our blog for other challenging posts from our founder and spiritual director, Fr. Heilman. I look forward to following your blog, as well. God bless, Opey!

  2. Mrs. O says:

    Thanks. I may do just that. It is amazing how things can blow up on the internet as at least one thread and one blog, popular, had that lead in only to find it in his dialogue. Nevertheless, it needs to be challenged.

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