"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Novus Ordo Seclorum, Act I

It's unfortunate that, lost in the media narrative of the Leadership Conference on Women Religious and the Catholic Health Association advocating for the Obama Health Care bill, which portrays a rift between the bishops and these marginal Catholic advocacy groups, is the larger question of why any Catholic would support an effective government takeover of a large portion of our economy.

This effort to eliminate the private sector and personal choice from health care is nothing other than socialism, and the Church has unequivocally condemned it:

"People differ in capacity, skill, health, strength; and unequal fortune is a necessary result of unequal condition. Such inequality is far from being disadvantageous either to individuals or to the community"
--Leo XIII

"The State which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself, would ultimately become a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person − every person − needs: namely, loving personal concern. We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need.… In the end, the claim that just social structures would make works of charity superfluous masks a materialist conception of man: the mistaken notion that man can live ‘by bread alone’ (Mt 4:4; cf. Dt 8:3) − a conviction that demeans man and ultimately disregards all that is specifically human."

Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, n. 28.

"Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist."

Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno.

"To sum up, in the words of a capable anonymous writer in 'The Quarterly Review', Socialism has for 'its philosophical basis, pure materialism; its religious basis is pure negation; its ethical basis the theory that society makes the individuals of which it is composed, not the individuals society, and that therefore the structure of society determines individual conduct, which involves moral irresponsibility; its economic basis is the theory that labour is the sole producer, and that capital is the surplus value over bare subsistence produced by labour and stolen by capitalists; its juristic basis is the right of labour to the whole product; its historical basis is the industrial revolution, that is the change from small and handicraft methods of production to large and mechanical ones, and the warfare of classes; its political basis is democracy. . . . It may be noted that some of these [bases] have already been abandoned and are in ruins, others are beginning to shake; and as this process advances the defenders are compelled to retreat and take up fresh positions. Thus the form of the doctrine changes and undergoes modification, though all cling still to the central principle, which is the substitution of public for private ownership'". (Catholic Encyclopedia).

Organized theft and state-sanctioned envy are not Catholic principles. No Catholic should support this bill, even if outlawed abortion.

P.S., for what it's worth, the bill is also patently unconstitutional, if such quaint concerns are of any weight.

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