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The Gloria Purvis PodcastFebruary 15, 2023
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There is an intellectual movement afoot known as “Catholic integralism.” It is being discussed in academic colloquia, Twitter and other pockets of the church. But how should we understand this movement?

On “The Gloria Purvis Podcast,” Gloria speaks with Dr. Jason Blakely, a political scholar and professor at Pepperdine University, about this burgeoning trend of Catholic integralism.

Integralism rejects liberalism in the broad sense as “an ideological tradition that holds that individual rights are the basis for the organization of political life,” Jason explains. In place of liberalism, integralism seeks to check individual licentiousness and advance a social order in which political powers are subordinate to the church.

Jason shares Gloria’s skepticism about Catholic integralism, drawing from St. Augustine, who cautioned against uniting the church and state because it almost inevitably leads to a lust for domination and fratricide.

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