Catholic social teaching twisted by the progressive curia

A lot of people, without knowing what they're talking about,  jump on the Catholic Church for a lot of things. High on the list are  progressive elites who accuse the church of ignoring Christ's  social gospel. In fact, Christ did have a message of justice and compassion, but it's no exactly like the progressives would have it. Here is some insight from Crisis Magazine in a post called, "Catholic Social Teaching: It’s Time to End the Misrepresentations," in a post by Anthony Esolen

Imagine a lawyer returning his fee when he loses a case; imagine a television pundit suddenly admitting that he doesn’t know what he is talking about; imagine a Hollywood starlet speaking English; imagine the Cubs winning the World Series; imagine anything most absurd, and you have not yet approached the absurdity of those who claim that Catholic Social Teaching implies the existence of a vast welfare state, bureaucratically organized, unanswerable to the people, undermining families, rewarding lust and sloth and envy, acknowledging no virtue, providing no personal care, punishing women who take care of their children at home, whisking the same children away from parental supervision and into schools designed to separate them from their parents’ views of the world, and, for all that, keeping whole segments of the population mired in a cycle of dysfunction, moral squalor, and poverty, while purchasing their votes with money squeezed by force from their neighbors.

Critics of the Catholic Church should read the article and other sources of information before they pontificate about what they do not know.

Hat tip to Blithe Spirit.

Here is some more discussion on the issue from the Catholic Advocate.







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    Wow! Somehow I missed the news announcement from the Vatican that Dennis Byrne and Anthony Esolen have been ordained bishops and elevated to the Magisterium. I mean, they must have been, right, in order to pronounce what is and isn't authentic Catholic social teaching...

  • In reply to David Philippart:

    David, I somehow think that if Dennis and Anthony were proclaiming that birth control and abortion should be Catholic social teaching that you would showering both with accolades and acknowledging their "growth" as human beings.

    It's true, though. The Gospel of Karl (Marx) was inserted into Catholic social teaching sometime just around Vatican II.

    My own pastor hoped that we would vote "progressive" --i.e., for Obama Nov 06, knowing full well Obama, as senator, made sure that partial birth abortions remained legal. For the uninformed or those in denial, that is when the baby is born late term alive, in breech position, and during the surgical procedure the baby's head, still in the mother's body, is then punctured at the back of the skull to make removal easier. Progressive voting, as endorsed by a Catholic priest from the alter. So what's the argument, David?

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    In reply to Richard Davis:

    My point is simply this: Dennis Byrne and Anthony Esolen are not bishops, and they are not therefore in any position to claim that their interpretations of Catholic social teaching trumps that of the bishops.

  • Esolen doesn't know what he's talking about. He should reread Leo XIII, John XXIII, and John Paul II. And the Beatitudes.

    In the lifted quote, Esolen invents a Progressive Movement that doesn't exist, except in his deranged right-wing imagination. His is the classic strawman fallacy.

    BTW, Dennis, who are these "critics of the Catholic Church" whom you think need to be enlightened by this parody of a polemicist?

  • Dennis ~ I missed something. When in god's name did the curia ever become progressive????

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    Parable of the Talents: Perhaps this gives us the best clue into how Jesus feels about people blaming their initial circumstances for their lack of willingness to work - a big liberal talking point.

  • In reply to John Wiemer:

    I reread the parable. Where does the third servant blame his "initial circumstances for his lack of willingness to work"?

    This is a troubling parable in a way. It's seems uncharacteristic of the Lord to speak favorably of money that is earned without working for it, i.e. interest. What the parable refers to as reaping without sowing, and gathering without planting.

    In any event, put in the context of the gospel message as a whole, the parable of the talents can be considered an outlier.

  • BTW, Dennis, just bought your book "Madness: The War of 1812. A Novel" at Barnes & Noble in Orland Park. Looks like a great read.
    Hope to review it in my blog when I'm done.

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