The Global Vatican: A Supra-National Force for Good

It is clear that the Catholic Church, being a human enterprise, occasionally falls short. But these lapses do not overshadow the good the church has accomplished in the past and—more to the point—can accomplish in the future. The church is one of the leading advocates and providers for the poor in the world, fights against the scourge of human trafficking, and advances the cause of human dignity and rights more than any other organization on earth. It is religion, specifically Christianity and its organized framework for defining and advancing moral principles, which distinguishes Western civilization from prior ones, driving it forward and preventing its degeneration into amorality. The universal Catholic Church continues to provide such a framework. The world, I would argue, is better off for it.

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