empowered by it, and those who use it—whether from a young age or as adults.
This proliferation of disease and addiction and brokenness doesn’t look like an enlightenment; it looks like a giant backsliding.
The new acceptance, respect and compassion for homosexual people is an important (and Catholic) corrective to the errors of the past. But too often we confuse acceptance with turning a blind eye to inconvenient facts—for instance, that gay marriages often become “open marriages,” that nature starts every single child with a mom and a dad for a reason, and that male homosexual sex is fraught with medical worries.
We owe it to the world to be confident about our faith—not cocky, not arrogant, but lovingly certain.
This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. This is a time to rejoice in a faith that has gotten so much right.
In the face of abortion, our faith sees the truth that others reject. So it is our job to give people hope that unborn life need not threaten adult lives.
In the face of declining church attendance in a world going dark, our faith remembers its importance. So it is our job to invite someone to church.
In the face of sexual confusion, our faith shows the beautiful simplicity of the truth that biology teaches: Every living person has a father and a mother. Our job is to help people accept nature’s plan.
In the future—and probably not as far in the future as you think—the truth will prevail once again. It always does. It is the way things are.
We can be confident of that.
Tom Hoopes is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.