Friday, June 7, 2013

Tolerance Is NOT A Virtue!

"We need to remember that tolerance is not a Christian virtue. Charity, justice, mercy, prudence, honesty - these are Christian virtues. And obviously, in a diverse community, tolerance is an important working principle. But it’s never an end itself. In fact, tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil. Likewise, democratic pluralism does not mean that Catholics should be quiet in public about serious moral issues because of some misguided sense of good manners. A healthy democracy requires vigorous moral debate to survive. Real pluralism demands that people of strong beliefs will advance their convictions in the public square — peacefully, legally and respectfully, but energetically and without embarrassment. Anything less is bad citizenship and a form of theft from the public conversation.”
-Archbishop Charles Chaput
Fr. Barron on the limits of tolerance:


More from Fr. Barron:

1 comment:

The Monster said...

There are things that I believe are immoral, but I am not justified in using (potentially-deadly) force against.

I therefore tolerate these things, even though I do not condone, endorse, or support them.

Because I can't justify using force against them, neither can I justify voting to have Men With Badges And Guns to use force against them as my agent.

I do, however, vote against using the power of the state to subsidize (provide financial support to) these actvities.