There’s been a lot written in the last few days trying to answer some of the questions that a lot of us have been asking. How bad is this? What does it mean really? For America? For Catholics? How did we get here?
This article, by Matthew Warner at The National Catholic Register, has been making the rounds, I think with good reason. As to how we got here and what we need to do now, I think Warner nails it. An excerpt:
And if you find yourself talking about whether Romney (or any politician) lost because he was too conservative, or not conservative enough, or he should have talked about social issues more, or the party needs a “bigger tent” – just stop. Those are political games focused on trying to mirror the culture rather than change it. It may lead to political victory, but it changes little. Culture warriors have chased such illusions for too long.
What we need is to impact the culture by changing hearts and minds. We have to shift the entire conversation and cultural values, not just gerrymander the platform. We don’t need a bigger “tent.” We need to make a more convincing case. That’s what brings about real change. That’s leadership. That’s evangelization. And it rarely comes from a politician.
Read the entire article here.