Plumb Lines

September 1, 2009

The Benedict Option?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Matthew Schmitz @ 7:40 am

Patrick Deneen points out the difficulty:

Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society weighs in on the EEOC’s attempts to force Belmont Abbey College to cover contraceptives in its health care plan. Anyone who thinks that the “Benedict Option” is an option should note that the college was founded by, and still houses, a Benedictine monastery. The long arm of the gummint now has a longer reach than during the time of the first Benedict, making it highly unlikely that anyone seeking simply to retreat from the depradations of modern degradation will be allowed to live according to strictures that rub liberals the wrong way. Religious liberty – or, better put, the liberty to deny oneself and others in one’s community certain liberties (or libertinism), even if there is an exit opportunity – be damned. We will force you to subsidize our autonomy.

-Matthew Schmitz


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