I had a long Facebook conversation recently with a friend-of-a-friend that I’ve been meaning to cut apart and discuss here in various topical segments. (The conversation, not the acquaintance.)
This friend-of-a-friend calls himself both libertarian and Catholic (a bizarre combination on many levels) and derives a great deal of his thinking on ethics and social issues from papal encyclicals and other Catholic writings. My conversation with him provides an opportunity, then, to examine the vital difference between religious and secular morality.
Let’s take two classic issues for “values voter” types like him: homosexuality and contraception. My acquaintance writes (emphasis mine):