The Catholic Neocons and the Liquidity of Scripture


Hello Reader,

I am currently progressing through George Weigel’s first major work, Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace (1987). It is well known that this work jump started Weigel’s career as a neocon filter between the Vatican and the United States. It is also well known that this work was meant to justify American imperialism in response to the US Catholic Bishops’ condemnation of nuclear proliferation, the 1983 “The Challenge of Peace.”

There are, however, a number of gems in the book, including the following revelation in which Weigel implies that he believes that the Gospels are in some way flawed:

“But it would be unfair, and in fact mistaken, to look to the New Testament for a systematic explication of Christian moral teaching on the ethics of war and peace. During much of the period in which the New Testament was composed, the Christian community lived in expectation of the imminent return of its Lord. This hope for decisive, world-ending act of God in history colored much of the preaching of Jesus as it has been preserved for us in the Gospels.”

If I am not mistaken, Weigel is using the historicist approach to explain away the Gospels and the words of Our Lord. In fact, Weigel is implying that the words of Our Lord were inaccurately presented by the confused early Christians who composed the Gospels.

It certainly is possible that Weigel changed his mind regarding the inerrancy of Scripture later on.

However, this is not the first time I have seen something strangely “liberal” in the writings of a group of journalists who claim to be representing conservative Catholicism.

It does however, make perfect sense for a Catholic neocon to look for only those things that serve his political agenda in the Bible and then disregard the rest as being limited by the historical milieu of the author, which for a Catholic, is actually God Himself.



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