I see a lot of posts that complain about lapsed/cafeteria Catholics always watering down Church morality. What about the other way around? How would you respond to someone watering down the teachings of a world view you deem immoral?
Take Machiavellian philosophy for example. Many in the Church will instantly get up in arms and boldly scream “THE ENDS DON’T JUSTIFY THE MEANS!”
But what if we water down Machiavelli and simply take it to mean you can’t always be choosy about how to achieve a particular goal? After all, it’s against common sense and practical reason to always be scrupulous about how you achieve something instead of actually, well, doing it.
Here’s a second example, the ‘virtue of selfishness’ espoused by the Ayn Rand camp. Water that down and you get something that’s remarkably similar to the commandments against coveting/stealing another man’s property.
Believe it or not, but I’ve actually found some Catholics who have gone to the fringe solely because they consider even the watered down version of a non-Christian world view as a form of ‘corruption’ to ‘pure Christian thought.’ What happened to teaching the faithful to find the good in other beliefs and rejecting the bad?