As I have mentioned before, the NYT is an excellent source for those who hate the Catholic Church, since this publication has a clear agenda against it. A couple of days ago, the NYT granted to the Freedom For Religion Foundation (FFRF) the allocation of an advertisement which headline reads: It is time to quit the Catholic Church!
However, on this occasion I would like to comment on the FFRF mission as its website indicates:
“The history of Western civilization shows us that most social and moral progress has been brought about by persons free from religion. In modern times the first to speak out for prison reform, for humane treatment of the mentally ill, for abolition of capital punishment, for women’s right to vote, for death with dignity for the terminally ill, and for the right to choose contraception, sterilization and abortion have been freethinkers, just as they were the first to call for an end to slavery. The Foundation works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church” [Italics added]
From this short statement is evidently that this foundation has no knowledge whatsoever about Western Civilization and the Catholic Church…Let me enlighten them using Thomas Woods’ book on history and the Catholic Church findings:
Western modern science was born in the Catholic Church
Fr. Stanley Jaki is a renowned historian of science whose books have advanced the claim that Christian ideas help to the development of science
Catholic priests developed the idea of free-market economics before Adam Smith
Joseph Schumpeter, in his book “History of Economic Analysis” wrote: “It is [the Catholic Church] who come nearer than does any other group to having been ‘founders’ of scientific economics”
Catholic Church thorough its Canon Law gave the Western Civilization its legislative roots
Professor Berman on his publication entitled “Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition” argues that “Western concepts of law are in the origins, and therefore in their nature, intimately bound up with distinctively Western theological and liturgical concepts of the atonement and of the sacraments”
The Catholic Church humanized the West by declaring the sacredness of all human life
The Catholic Church was responsible for the elimination of justified suicide (as it was the case in ancient Greece), the Roman Circus and the practice of dueling. Moreover, The Church provided guidelines to control sexual promiscuity (such adultery, illegal marriages) which is one of the reasons why so many women joint the Church.
Finally, no other Church has promulgated and promoted a healthy and wise separation of state and church like the Catholic Church. Indeed, the Catholic Encyclopedia indicates:
“The Church and the State are both perfect societies, that is to say, each essentially aiming at a common good commensurate with the need of mankind at large and ultimate in a generic kind of life, and each juridically competent to provide all the necessary and sufficient means thereto. The State is ethically demonstrated to be such, and the Church has a like demonstration from the theology of Christian Revelation. By reason of coexistence on the earth, community of subjects, and a need in common of some of the same means of activity, it is inevitable that they should have mutual relations in the juridical order.”