Mark seems to find this comment from the Pope deeply disturbing: “In contemporary culture, we often see an excessive exaltation of the freedom of the individual.” Frankly, this is a comment that would be relatively uncontroversial among most believers in Catholic social teaching, on the left or right. It’s also almost exactly the same sort of thing that Amitai Etzioni has said for twenty years or more now. In fact, I’m sure we can find Bill Clinton speeches that say almost exactly the same thing. One can disagree with this basically boilerplate communitarianism, but it certainly doesn’t call for bringing out the “Hitlerjugend” big guns, does it? Or am I missing something?