Catholic conservative to be New Zealand’s next prime minister

The Guardian Australia reports that Bill English a ‘Catholic conservative’ is to take over the reins of government in New Zealand from popular and successful John Key. One wonders how the leftist world in New Zealand is going to deal with this dangerous development.

In Australia the news that a conservative Catholic had any chance at all of assuming the office of prime minister would raise the temperature of Australia’s inbred anti-Catholic sectarianism several degrees. Tony Abbott is the convincing empirical evidence such a reaction.

Government in New Zealand these last few years seem to be doing better than in Australia where the Marxist left have almost total control over our institutions. Perhaps the New Zealand people will similarly do better in honouring the liberal doctrine of freedom of religion.

It is reported that Bill English is a quiet person who busies himself with his political responsibilities. Quiet though he may be, he is, however, not afraid to give expression to his religious belief:

“It is very good for someone in public life to spend a minimum of an hour a week participating in … in my case, going to mass and hearing language like forgiveness, mercy, sinfulness, worship – none of which you hear about in day-to-day political life.”

“And also hearing stories of humanity going back four or five thousand years. It creates a more rounded perspective on the events of the day.”

Here he is not only frankly expressing how he regards his religious belief. It is also pointing to the fundamental place of Christianity in Western Civilization.

Gerard Wilson

Burke’s Catholic conservatism

An unbiased reader of Burke’s writings, one familiar with the history of Catholic theology and philosophy, could not help thinking that Edmund Burke was as close to being Catholic as one could be without officially belonging to the Church. Garrett Ward Sheldon in his essay in Modern Age Summer 2014 marshals such compelling evidence and argument that there seems hardly any doubt left about where Burke had his religious allegiance. Professor Sheldon’s essay is one of the most important in recent years about one of the crucial influences that operated on Edmund Burke, an influence that has not until now received the full attention it demands.

BURKE’S CATHOLIC CONSERVATISM
by Garrett Ward Sheldon

Garrett Ward Sheldon is the John Morton Beaty Professor of Political Science at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and author of ten books on political theory and political theology.

In perhaps his most famous observation, Edmund Burke said that the social con­tract is not something made in a moment in time but rather is between the past, the present, and the future. Continue reading “Burke’s Catholic conservatism”