We live in a fallen world and it seems nearly everything we touch is tainted by the sins of abortion, lust, human trafficking, failure to respect human dignity, a disordered understanding of marriage, etc. In the last few months I have seen calls to boycott Starbucks, Girl Scout cookies, Chevrolet, Coke, General Mills, and countless others. What is a Catholic to do?
My latest article at the HLI Truth & Charity Forum explores this question. I offer three points to consider when making a decision about product choices. First, will your purchase lead others to sin? This is what is meant by scandal. Secondly, will your boycott change the affected company's association with sin or prevent others from making that same association? Finally, is there a catechetical or evangelical impact from your boycott? Is it a teaching tool?
Let me know what you think!
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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.
All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.