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The Media Really Didn’t Read the Papal Encyclical Did They?

The biggest clue was watching that the Washington Post initially assigned Aaron Blake — a political reporter, not a religions reporter — and the best he could get was “Pope Francis hates “trickle-down economics” as a headline until they sent it off to team coverage.

In a 227-page document?  Seriously?

It may be a bit of a shock to know that so did Pope Benedict XVI.  So did Pope John Paul II.  In fact, so did many popes, since the Church’s teaching is not one on wealth accumulation, or even to the shock of liberals — wealth redistribution.  No, the Church is not opposed to an individual being “rich,” it does however question what one does with it.

Are you using it to help the poor?  Are you donating it for philanthropic causes?  Are you hoarding it like a miser?  That is the true measure of a rich man to the Catholic church.  What are you using your wealth for?

The Left, confident in the welfare state and the competence of government (Hi, have you seen the ObamaCare roll out yet?), wants us to believe that the only option is higher taxes to fund more social programs.  They entice liberal Catholics with empty platitudes about “social justice” (a tenant of the Church, but not what the Left has transmogrified it into) under the belief that only the government can best care for the underprivileged in society.  This is not the truth.

Meanwhile, in the remaining 227 pages, things like this got overlooked.

The Church’s pastors, taking into account the contributions of the different sciences, have the right to offer opinions on all that affects people’s lives, since the task of evangelization implies and demands the integral promotion of each human being. It is no longer possible to claim that religion should be restricted to the private sphere and that it exists only to prepare souls for heaven. We know that God wants his children to be happy in this world too, even though they are called to fulfilment in eternity, for he has created all things “for our enjoyment” (1 Tim 6:17), the enjoyment of everyone. It follows that Christian conversion demands reviewing especially those areas and aspects of life “related to the social order and the pursuit of the common good”.[149]

183. Consequently, no one can demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life, without concern for the soundness of civil institutions, without a right to offer an opinion on events affecting society. Who would claim to lock up in a church and silence the message of Saint Francis of Assisi or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta? They themselves would have found this unacceptable. An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics”, the Church “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice”.[150] All Christians, their pastors included, are called to show concern for the building of a better world. This is essential, for the Church’s social thought is primarily positive: it offers proposals, it works for change and in this sense it constantly points to the hope born of the loving heart of Jesus Christ.

Two things…

1) Sounds like someone is not a fan of President Obama’s “Religion is what I do for one-hour on Sunday” mentality when it comes to interrupting the 1st Amendment.

2) Hobby Lobby has some friends in high places.

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  • Gee

    Can you recommend a site with an analysis by a commenter sufficiently educated in the faith as to know the difference between a tenant and a tenet?

  • Nick Gertz

    Oh Allah forbid somebody make a typo, Gee. Now go kill yourself, semen stain.