Appeared in Spring 2002, Vol. XXVII, No. 1
As the culture in the United States continues to deteriorate, Catholics are sometimes exhorted to be counter-cultural, by which is usually meant to resist society’s blandishments with regard to divorce, contraception, abortion, lascivious entertainment and the like. And this is a kind of counter-cultural resistance that I myself heartily endorse. My only quibble about it is that it does not go far enough. For there is a whole other side of the modem world that is equally destructive of Christian life and that in fact has been as much responsbile for the decay of our culture as the above-mentioned evils. This other attack is the assault of modem commercialism and technology. It is the attack of our dominant economic system, capitalism, and of its accompanying scientific and technological growth, which we like to call progress, although we have no idea toward what it is supposed to be progressing. In fact, it is like the growth of a cancer, which has no inherent end or final cause and whose enlargement will only result in the death of whatever it inhabits.
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