Next week, with my friend Jason Jones, I'll be writing a multipart meditation on the new Catholic movement called "Integralism." I've been monitoring this movement for years. In fact, I believe I was the first public critic of the rise of "illiberal Catholicism" back in 2013. It gives me no satisfaction to see the Trojan Horse I warned of slip through the gates and the city burn.
But now what seemed like a fringe sect confined to Latin Mass coffee hours and Renaissance faires seems to be going mainstream. Popular apologist Professor Scott Hahn, long a staple of Catholic TV network EWTN, has a new book endorsing this ideology. The book is called Right and Just. Various Catholic luminaries have endorsed it, from Sohrab Ahmari of the New York Post to Bp. Joseph Strickland. Hahn just led a conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville, a leading school for faithful Catholics, promoting Integralism. We'll report about that conference and the details of Right and Just in several pieces next week.
We'll recount what this book openly claims. We'll also connect the dots to what it discreetly hints at, which radical implications it whispers the reader should draw. Here its authors ape the Muslim practice of taqiyya, or strategically misleading speech, which believers justify in the service of Islam. That seems only fitting, since Integralism is, put bluntly, Catholic sharia.
Integralists disregard natural law as the only common ground that can hold a pluralist country together. Instead, its advocates offer the following deceptively simple claims. (If either Scott Hahn or his co-author Brandon McGinley wishes to disavow any of the items below, I will be delighted, and will duly report it here.)