The Church teaches that the Church is not about politics. The Church proclaims its political neutrality.
Yet the Church is widely perceived as a right-wing organization.
To the question, “Why does the Church seem to be right-wing”, the usual answer offered in the Bloggernacle is that the Church leaders are old, right-wing men.
Because I believe the Church is sincere in its pronouncements, I propose an alternate hypothesis.
O’Sullivan’s Law: Any institution that is not explicitly right wing will become left wing over time.
The empirical evidence supporting this law is overwhelming.
I suggest the Church is not actually right-wing by choice, but purely to avoid becoming left-wing.
I think it is no coincidence that, historically, the Church began to be perceived as reactionary rather than radical at about the time the radical Left began its long march through the institutions.