Thursday, February 3, 2011

Limits of the State: Catholic Social Doctrine Begins with Subsidiarity

by Frank Morriss,
The Wanderer

The attempt to divert American Catholics from concern about pro-abortion politics is badly abusing Catholic social doctrine. The line goes: "Never mind the single abortion issue, but consider the many issues of human need held by candidates who might incidentally include the right of a mother to abort her child among them."

This, of course, implies that every proposal for welfare programs fits Catholic understanding in the area of human need.

This often amounts to a deception and even falsehood for the reason that Catholic social doctrine begins with the principle of subsidiarity(1) — namely, that fulfillment of human needs begins at the lowest level possible, starting with the individual. Only when necessary should social welfare turn to higher levels of society, and that means that government is the very last resort for the working of social justice.

The Church has always recognized that the temptation for the state is to take complete control of a nation's economy, thereby in effect making the people dependent on it, rather than on themselves.

Pope Leo XIII in Rerum Novarum predicted his insistence on the state protecting public welfare with this statement:

"It is not right for either the citizen or the family to be absorbed by the state; it is proper that the individual and the family should be permitted to retain their freedom of action, so far as this is possible without jeopardizing the common good."

He also condemned such taxation that amounts to public interference with "the productive activity of the multitude [which] can be stimulated by the hope of acquiring some property in land"...Read it all

Note: I certainly acknowledge the 'consistent ethic of life,' but abortion has a priority because none can reasonably debate its intrinsic evil.

--->Thomas Storck: When Small is Sensible: Culture, Technology, and Subsidiarity...

"...the true denotes that toward which the intellect tends."- Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae

--->The Shortest Editorial: International Finance, Planned Parenthood and the Pornographers can't wait to get their paws on Egypt. Ah 'liberty'! Careful Cairo.

---> Humor is a Problem for Communists, or, How Mao (even apart from mass murder) killed Chinese humor ... and how the Internet is slowly bringing it back again...

--->U.S. Bishops and the Massachusetts Catholic Conference have joined
a list of 17 religious groups moving to appeal the state's rejection of the Defense of Marriage Act last year...

Nanny State--->Creative Ways to Tax: Nanny State fines. NYC Council Bans Smoking In Parks, Beaches...

--->World food prices hit record high: UN agency...

--->Cartoon trial: Kurt Westergaard's attacker convicted... [This cartoonist in my opinion is a very stupid, not to say very bad, man, who even exposed his family to direct harm while he cowered; if the nation does not want Islamic immigration it should legislate to prevent it; once such immigrants are allowed in quota there can be no excuse for so provoking them, or anyone, through publicly and provocatively mocking their religious beliefs under the specious pretext of "freedom". Courtesy, if nothing else, forbids it.]

--->Use of 'Mary' as baby name plummets among American parents... [Lady Gaga's handlers must be pleased]

--->Cuba And The Socialist Squaring Of The Circle. The doctrine’s only problem is that when and where it is implemented, the performance fails to live up to the theory. Shame and curse on politically prejudiced reality!...Read on

--->Florida Bishop Victor Galeone issues statement warning faithful on American Catholic Council...

--->Nearly one in every four homeowners across the country owe more on their home than it's worth...

--->US unemployment fell in January to 9% from 9.4% a month earlier, the Department of Labor states, but despite this the number of jobs created, at 36,000, was far below the expected 140,000...

--->The poor are set upon despite not having caused the world's global economic crisis. In the UK, "Legal aid cuts will mean the inefficiency of justice delayed and the immorality of justice denied..."

--->S&L regulator William Black Slams Financial Commission For Failing to Call Out Fraud ... "Elites Can Now Commit White Collar Crime with Near Impunity"...

--->French High Court Affirms Traditional Marriage...

--->Chomsky: The Arab World Is on Fire...

--->George Handlery: Egypt: From Hope
To Disillusion...?

--->This would get a journalist's attention...

--->New iPhone app aims to help Catholics go to Confession...

Should be obvious: Busting up media monopoly will alone ensure that both current events and history are not mediated to posterity through the bias of a single lens.

1 comment:

  1. Contrast the tone of the AP article posted on Drudge from that of the BBC article you linked to. The BBC comes right out and says a half million people were basically written out of the labor force, but the AP still tries to spin it as people finding or making their own jobs.

    More than half a million people found work in January. A government survey found weak hiring by big companies. But more people appear to be working for themselves or finding jobs at small businesses.


    The steepest two-month decline in unemployment since the Eisenhower administration is the latest sign that the economic recovery is picking up speed.


    In the "official" report fed to us Americans, you have to read two-thirds of the way down before they begin to talk about discouraged workers being a reason the official rate went down so much. Even then they still try to downplay it while playing up new hiring that the stats show isn't happening.

    This from the self-described "Most transparent administration."

    Even their lies are so baldfaced and paper-thin as to be translucent.

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