"Democracy can only flourish, as your founding fathers realized, when political leaders and those whom they represent are guided by truth and bring the wisdom born of firm moral principle to decisions affecting the life and future of the nation,"

Pope Benedict XVI, United States Mass At The Nationals Park Stadium, April 17, 2008


What does the Catholic church teach about the welfare state, or social assistance state?

With the debate about national health care and the growing power of the federal government, citizens are fearful of high taxes and a loss of liberty. We have also heard the voice of Catholic social service agencies cryout for government intervention. However, is government the solution to all our social problems?

What does the Catholic church teach about the welfare state, or social assistance state?

Here are three quotes from a Vatican Encyclical that talks about this subject and gives a clear opinion from the church: "In recent years the range of such intervention has vastly expanded, to the point of creating a new type of State, the so-called "Welfare State". This has happened in some countries in order to respond better to many needs and demands, by remedying forms of poverty and deprivation unworthy of the human person. However, excesses and abuses, especially in recent years, have provoked very harsh criticisms of the Welfare State, dubbed the "Social Assistance State". Malfunctions and defects in the Social Assistance State are the result of an inadequate understanding of the tasks proper to the State"

(1) "By intervening directly and depriving society of its responsibility, the Social Assistance State leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients, and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending."

(2) Some have mis-quoted church teaching by stating that if business or the private sector is not able to handle health care than its the obligation of the state to take over. However, this is what the true teaching is: "The State can also exercise a substitute function, when social sectors or business systems are too weak or are just getting under way, and are not equal to the task at hand. Such supplementary interventions, which are justified by urgent reasons touching the common good, must be as brief as possible, so as to avoid removing permanently from society and business systems the functions which are properly theirs, and so as to avoid enlarging excessively the sphere of State intervention to the detriment of both economic and civil freedom."

 (3) Government can provide subsitute relief until the business community can gear up to its mission. However, we already have a viable health market, that needs free-market reforms.

Conclusion: The church teaches us that people, social service groups, non-profits, and even local governments are best at dealing with social issues like health care. We should avoid looking to create a powerful federal agency to run our health system. Lets instead add more free market options to compete with national insurance companies and federal programs.

(1), (2), and (3) taken from the following: Ioannes Paulus PP. II Centesimus annus To His Venerable Brothersin the Episcopatethe Priests and DeaconsFamilies of Men and Women religiousall the Christian Faithfuland to all men and women of good will on the hundredth anniversary of Rerum Novarum 1991.05.01 All from paragraph 48


Obama Offers Compromise On Birth Control

Did the President offer a compromise to the birth control/abortion issue or is he playing a shell game?

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Occupy Wall Street Movement Reveals Its Anti-Catholic Agenda

We have all been told that the worldwide Occupy movement is about economic equality and social justice. We have watched the massive protests, the 99% signs and heard the speeches crying out for government intervention in the financial market. Thirty-three percent of America supports the occupy movement, but many more have been suspicious of the movements connection to socialist organizations. Yet, the establishment media, and political leaders whitewash the radical actions and affiliations of the occupy movement and declare it a grassroots response to economic conditions.

The longer the movement last, the more we can see its true face as it reveals itself by its words, actions and those it chooses to affiliates with. While the movement economically aligns itself with socialist ideology, it now takes on another character associated with a communist or socialist agenda and that is an anti-religious, and in particular an anti-Christian hatred. The largest target of the movements anti-Christian hatred being the Catholic church.

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