Sunday, February 17, 2008

Catholicism in Texas cont.

In my last post, I mentioned the recent column by John Allen, where he reports on Catholicism in Texas, I forgot one tidbit that he closed with. Made me smile.

The moral of the story is that competition (within the limits of civility and mutual respect) is as healthy in religion as it is in any other area of life.

Texas thus offers a classic American illustration of a basic principle of religious sociology -- where there is religious ferment of any sort, there is likely to be Catholic dynamism too. Far from being threatened by pluralism, for the most part Catholicism ought to welcome it. To invoke a classic Aggie formula, a vibrant religious marketplace is basically "Good Bull."

Good Bull indeed.

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