The End of Sovereignty: An Essay in Christian Postliberalism

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, April 17th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm (not April 10th due to Good Friday). We will be discussing “The End of Sovereignty: An Essay in Christian Postliberalism” by Andrew Willard Jones from the Fall-Winter 2018 (Volume 45.3-4) issue of Communio entitled “Peace and Homo Viator”.

The PDF can be downloaded from here.

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
Andrew Willard Jones, in “The End of Sovereignty: An Essay in Christian Postliberalism,” proposes that Catholics must seek a discourse that transcends liberalism’s opposition of Church and state. Jones contends that the supposed peace conceived in the liberal regime is premised on the Hobbesian claim that human relationships always remain self-interested and competitive. Here, the sovereign State is merely the most powerful arbiter in a universal conflict. Whereas this ideology is unable to make sense of the most fundamental human relationships, especially those of the Church and the family, a Christian social order can recognize that the concord of a community seeking happiness together is that which is most natural. “This, then, is the decisive difference between the two approaches. Is violence a disordered peace or is peace a mere tactic of violence? Are all wars fought for peace or is peace a continuation of war?”

Location: Due to the pandemic, we will NOT be meeting in the Kateri Room located at St. Michael’s Church, 240 Hemlock Street, Waterloo, Ontario. Instead, with will be meeting via an interactive live-stream. I’m hoping this will be an opportunity for some members who haven’t been able to make it recently to join us this time. If you need assistance, let me know.

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Best wishes for a blessed Easter,

Fr. Mark Morley

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