Sunday, August 25, 2013

L’Affaire Bottum

Among the vicissitudes of life, Belloc asserted that the loss of affection among friends is the worst thing in the world.  I thought of this when reading Joseph Bottum’s recent coming out as a supporter of same-sex marriage.   It struck me that this coming out should not go without comment in that Dr. Bottum was formerly the editor of First Things and a public intellectual engaged in some significant conversations about religion in public life and the Catholic Church in the modern world.  In that he has offered for public consumption his reasons for his radical change of mind, I intend to offer not a point-by-point rebuttal, but rather several animadversions.

Dr. Bottum begins his article lamenting the estrangement of a dear homosexual friend of his over the years in the cultural battles that have ensued over public morality and sexual mores.  Because of the incompatibility of their respective philosophical positions, the friendship cooled—something Bottum greatly regrets and laments.  (more...)

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