Thursday, June 2, 2011

Catholic Social Teaching, Not Catholic State Teaching

Fr. Robert Sirico reminds us that the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church states, "The Church’s Magisterium does not wish to exercise political power or eliminate the freedom of opinion of Catholics regarding contingent questions" — Not Whether to Help the Poor, But How.

UPDATE: "Fr Sirico has a story that boggles the mind, though he never tells it," writes Daniel Nichols, explaining why he "never should have been accepted as a candidate for the priesthood" — Books that Need to be Written. Agreed. That duly noted, that point made in his article is a valid one, whether or not he made it for valid reasons, and one which Servant of God Dorothy Day would agree with — Anarcho-Catholicism in a Nutshell.

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