Reblog of the day
Seldom have I read such pithy exposition of Catholic thinking from a non-specialised media outlet.
Try this (emphases always mine):
Wealth and poverty are catalysts for bringing the rich and the poor together in community, and community is the hallmark of the church’s mission on Earth. Government is not community. Government is one of community’s tools, a coercive one we use when it is necessary to force people to behave in ways they would not otherwise behave voluntarily.
Already these three lines are of devastating effect for all those – very many in old, tired Europe – identifying Government with “good”, and the vehicle through which every “good” must be, well, coerced.
It goes on:
But that word—voluntarily—is key, and it’s where Mr. Ryan’s religious detractors go awry: Charity can only be charity when it is voluntary.Coerced acts, no matter how beneficial or well-intentioned, cannot be moral. If we…
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