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Pope: Individual Involvement, Not State Programs

The truth is that the more the state does, the less people feel individually inclined to help others. I'm not sure what comes first though - individual apathy that leads to a supposed need for more government or larger governments (borne from a desire to do good) that leads to individual apathy. I suspect in our case it's the latter but I think both lead to the same conclusion that societies with big government tend towards moral apathy.

Pope Benedict XVI defined solidarity as "a sense of responsibility on the part of everyone with regard to everyone," during a May 19 audience with members of Catholic charitable groups. Because everyone is obligated by the demands of solidarity, the Holy Father said, "it cannot therefore be merely delegated to the state." He stressed the need for individual involvement with those in need.
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8 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

Bingo! This is one of the many reasons why I believe programs like welfare are immoral - they relieve people of the sense of personal responsibility.

THE JOHNSON said...

Yet another reason to vote for Ron Paul.

Paul said...

Amen to the above. Ron Paul has, knowingly or unknowingly, preached the Catholic social doctrine of subsidiarity--something Rombama wouldn't like because it removes the centralized power build-up they both love so much.

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

So, therefore, the bishops had no business supporting Obama's health-care program before they opposed it (a la John Kerry).

Nobody should forget that the bishops got themselves into this mess by "misreading" the idea of "solidarity" (which Mark Shea also routinely does).

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

Amen to the above. Ron Paul has, knowingly or unknowingly, preached the Catholic social doctrine of subsidiarity--something Rombama wouldn't like because it removes the centralized power build-up they both love so much.

Paul, the Church not only has made its living off centralized ecclesiastical power for centuries but encourages the exercise of such power in its own case. Just look at how bishops operate their dioceses.

If the Church truly gave a rip about "subsidiarity," it would encourage it among its own leadership.

Sadly, too many Catholics are so infatuated with words that they ignore or disregard deeds.

Sophia's Favorite said...

Ron Paul also advocates trade with—that is, sending money to—the most murderous regime in the Western Hemisphere.

He also thinks states have the right to legalize prostitution. And sorry, but subsidiarity does in fact have its limits—and "permitting evil" is one of them.

Joseph Siemion said...

" ...the more the state does, the less people feel individually inclined to help others."

Do you have a shred of evidence to back this up? Do you really think if the government overnight rid itself of all programs for the poor, everyone would jump in and start buying them groceries and providing for medical care?

Also, the pope does not say the state shouldn't be involved... he says it shouldn't be all up to the state.

Sophia's Favorite said...

@ Joseph: America has the fewest social programs of any first-world country. It also has the highest private charitable giving.

Within America, those who oppose social programs—political conservatives—have been found by multiple studies to give vastly more to charities than those who don't.

Do you want more proof?


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