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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fr. Longenecker on utilitarianism...

This is the second in a series of posts by Fr. Longenecker. It's dynamite!

Another of the devil's tricks in our contemporary world is utilitarianism. This is the belief that if something works it is right. Now, of course there is nothing wrong with liking things to work, and efficiency and practicality are all virtues. The problem (as in all heresies) is when this virtue is elevated above all others.

Utilitarianism comes in all sorts of forms. It is argued that women should be priests because they would be good at it. It is argued that it doesn't matter if a person is divorced and remarried or in some sort of immoral relationship. What a person does in their bedroom (the utilitarian argues) doesn't affect what they do in the boardroom. How a person behaves in the trouser department should not affect how they behave in the workplace. When utilitarianism is exalted above all other virtues the other virtues disappear.

The ultimate effect is that both personal decisions and public policy are decided on 'what works'. Consequently the most horrific things can take place and the utilitarian closes his ears to the screams, turns his eye from the horror and says, "Yes, but it works. Auschwitz and abortion were promoted because they seemed to provide an effective solution to a perceived problem. Euthanasia is the ultimate utilitarian solution.

Not only the greatest horrors, but the greatest tyrannies are brought about by utilitarianism. If you object to the utilitarian solution for religious or moral or personal reasons you must be elimminated in whatever way possible.

Finally, perhaps utilitarianism's greatest evil is not that the utilitarian imposes solutions that work, but that they impose solutions that they believe will work. Solutions that are devised from ideological, religious, political or social theories are imposed on other people. When the solution fails to work the utilitarian simply imposes more of the same. Universal sex education for teenagers is a utilitarian solution for the problem of teen pregnancy. When it doesn't work they simply do more of the same.

Thus the final irony is that the utilitarian, who only wanted to do what works, not only ends up doing what doesn't work, he does it over and over and over again.

When you see the results of this you know that it is not only a trick of the devil, it is a sign of insanity.

posted by Fr Longenecker at 12:31 PM on Aug 12, 2009

1 comment:

sig94 said...

Having an appearance of godliness but lacking the power thereof. Satan can only provide a poor imitation; this serves to deceive those who do not bother to seek the truth.

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