Subsidiarity: True, but Not the Whole Story

09/13/2010 Comments (25)

A reader writes:

I have a friend who is a recently converted Catholic and a longtime believer in limited government.  He insists that his approach to government mirrors that of the Catholic Church and that to be a Catholic one has to be a believer in subsidiarity.  In this view he argues, government has to decentralize as much as possible.  He feels that to be a good Catholic, one must adhere to this view.  Is this accurate?

No.  It’s not.  Not that he’s wrong about subsidiarity.  It is most certainly an aspect of Catholic social teaching.  Basically, subsidiarity means “The people closest to the problem should, as a general rule, take care of the problem.”  So, for instance, instead of...READ MORE

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Meanwhile, in the Countries that Used to be England and Ireland…

09/10/2010 Comments (6)

There is much bustle as the papal visit approacheth.  One reader writes from Ireland:

You would almost think it was all choreographed to chime with the Papal visit.

In general, over time, over years in fact since Benedict’s election, I’ve noticed the drip drip of articles and how they have been positioned by BBC, usually at weekends before a Sunday - mention of priest/cardinal/pope in some attack/scandal/crime/prejudice etc. I mean recently a bishop was burgled here and they just had to mention the ‘stolen rosary beads, his wallet and two bottles of alcohol’ as the items stolen. And then this quarky proclamation:

Is it some press release or some zealous journalist seeking to debunk the...READ MORE

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Everybody Repeat After the Obama Administration

09/08/2010 Comments (11)

“Pope Benedict is hurting people in the Name of Jesus!”

Remember: Anti-Catholic partisans of the culture of post-modern hedonism are just hard-headed rationalists determined to follow scientific research wherever it leads.  Pope Benedict is a mystical authoritarian who hates and fears TRVTH and subjects even the good of human life to his inhuman dogmas.

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An Infallible Mark of the Presence of Satanic Evil

09/06/2010 Comments (72)

...is hatred of children.

You see it in that nutjob at the Discovery Channel whose “manifesto” I link above.  You see it in much of the “Humans are a disease, Mr. Anderson” wing of the Environmental Movement.  And you see it, par excellence, in the abortion zealots.

This includes not only the pre-natal abortion zealots who tell us that the targeted slaughter of children in the womb is unfortunate collateral damage in the war on poverty, but also in the post-natal abortion zealots who excuse the abortion of thousands of children’s lives at a tender age by telling us that the targeted slaughter of children in their beds is unfortunate collateral damage in our war on Imperial Japan (at...READ MORE

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No Contradiction Between Opposition to Abortion and Opposition to the Death Penalty

09/03/2010 Comments (139)

So the other day, I link a piece by Bp. Finn which reiterates the teaching of the Church that the death penalty, while permissible in certain situations, is basically not to be applied unless it absolutely needs to be.  No big news there.  It’s been the teaching of the Church since Evangelium Vitae.  The Catechism sums it up this way:

2267 Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.
If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s...READ MORE

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Then and Now

09/01/2010 Comments (20)

Then: “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. - JFK Inaugural

Now: ...in 2005 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found in Fields v. Palmdale School District “that the Meyer-Pierce right [of parents to direct the upbringing of their children] does not exist beyond the threshold of the school door.”

Once abolish God and government becomes the god. - The Prophet Chesterton on the...READ MORE

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This will bring out a lot of DIY bishops

08/30/2010 Comments (195)

Jack Smith over at the Catholic Key tells us that when the US Conference of Catholic Bishops launches Respect Life Month in October, one of the seven major articles made available in their Respect Life Program will concern the Church’s teaching on the Death Penalty.  Here is the article, penned by Bp. Robert W. Finn:

Divine Mercy and the death penalty

By Most Rev. Robert W. Finn

“The greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to My mercy. . . . On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls—no one have I excluded!” (Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul, p.1182)

“Help us O God of our salvation; . . . according to thy...READ MORE

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Toward a Jolly-Friendly Media

08/27/2010 Comments (12)

As many of you know, earlier this week I finally broke the silence and “came out”.  I am Jolly.  As I told my readers over at Inside Catholic:

I am Jolly. I can’t help it. I was just born that way. And I am no longer ashamed!

I can’t remember when I first felt Jolly. Maybe it was when I was eating that second bowl of ice cream and watching The Flying Nun when I was eight. Maybe it was that tender coming-of-age moment when an older Jolly man brought Kentucky Fried Chicken to a beach party I was invited to at the age of 15 and I ate half the bucket. I don’t claim to understand everything about the complexities of this glorious and challenging appetite God has given me. All I know is, Jolly is...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.