Posts tagged social justice
Posts tagged social justice
This is a great answer to the charge that “the Catholic Church spends too much money on big, fancy buildings.”
by Fr. Thomas McKenna C.M.
The Catholic Church believes every person is entitled to the opportunity to have adequate medical care. This may be achieved in a variety of ways, and the Church does not particularly care which method is used, (so long as the method chosen does not violate any other moral principle,) leaving the task of discovering what is the most efficient method of delivering the best quality care to those who need it to professionals and experts in those fields. It should be noted that while a government run healthcare system is not necessary, since the government is tasked with the protection of their people’s rights, if those people are not receiving adequate care, then the government does have an obligation to step in and remedy the problem, in a manner that is harmonious with the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity. Does this answer your question?
Sometimes, I think the most relatable character in the Gospels is Pontius Pilate. He was a busy man, who had a lot of things to do, and was just trying to keep peace and order in his province. And this mob thrusts this guy whom Pontius Pilate had never met before, and says, “Hey, we want you to kill him.” Pontius Pilate doesn’t immediately give into their commands, heck, in every other possible scenario, he did just about everything he could to prevent Jesus from dying. In the end though, when he felt pressured, he cracked, and washed his hands of the matter.
How often are we Pontius Pilate in our daily lives? When we see a homeless person on the street, do we actually sit and have a conversation with them, or do we throw a few bucks at them, not even learning their name? Do we get to know the people we interact with, and try to love them in a truly Christian manner, or do we minimize contact in our social lives, worrying about the next thing we have to do? Why do we do this? Is it because we feel we are so busy that giving other people the time of day might inconvenience us somehow? Isn’t that what Pontius Pilate did? He was willing to try to save Christ, until doing so became inconvenient. What did Christ tell us in Mark 12:41-44? Giving from our surplus certainly help those who receive our aid, but we make no sacrifice in doing that. We make no connection to the person we are serving. Christ calls us to radical charity, to give, to sacrifice in His name, even when it becomes inconvenient, even when it takes our whole lives. How often do we let our worries about our responsibilities get in the way of making human connections with the people in our lives, especially the poor, who often go forgotten?
Where are the mainstream media reports of the mass killing of Christians by Western-backed ‘rebels’ in central Syria?
There was a discussion on facebook about the Pope’s comments about free markets and whether or not they are (necessarily) beneficial to the poor or not. I added this to the discussion, but thought some other people might like it, or at least might like to register their (dis)agreement with it. Do with it what you please.
The poor today are better than the poor of yesteryear because of developments in technology that allow labor to become more efficient increasing general wealth. It has little to do with free markets. The poor under the Roman Empire were better off than the poor before the Roman Empire, but its not because the Roman empire was a capitalistic society. Similarly, the poor under Russian communism were better off than the serfs under the Tsar, but this was obviously not because communism brought capitalism. Now, I’m not saying that capitalism or free markets cannot help the poor, indeed they can, by increasing their economic options. But, free markets not some magic pill that can make poverty go away, nor can we make the jump from “free markets can help the poor by increasing their economic options” to “the ‘freest market’ (whatever the hell that means) will be the most beneficial economic option to the poor” or even the claim that there is necessary positive relationship between the freedom of the market and the economic situation of the poor.
The poor can and will be abused by the free market when abuses of the poor by corporations are not prevented under the justification that preventing them would limit the freedom of the market.
TL;DR: The free market was made for man, not man for the free market, thus, when widespread abuse of individuals, especially the poor, take place under the free market, justice can require us to restrict the market.
As I’m sure a lot of you know, the government shutdown in the U.S. is really hitting hard on the poor. The government gives a lot of necessary funding to soup kitchens and food pantries, and wouldn’t you know it, that funding was one of the first things to disappear during the shutdown.
So, if you’re willing, I’d invite you to consider the government shutdown as an opportunity give. Like, maybe give up your morning starbucks and give the money you save to the poor. Or if you smoke, give up cigarettes for the shutdown and give the money saved to a soup kitchen or food pantry. Another option would be centers that give supplies to new mothers. If you can’t afford the money, but have time on your hands, these places also need volunteers, and would be grateful for your help.
I think this would be a nice gesture for all of us to make in a time when a lot of people are going to be hurting. For non-U.S. citizens, it might be more difficult to donate to U.S. organizations, but we’d still appreciate the solidarity and I’m sure the poor in your home countries would appreciate the help even if your government is still functioning. And remember, if you are unable to make this commitment, you can always remember those in need in your prayers. Thank you for your time.
Well, while the fight against the HHS mandate is not over yet, it is indicative that the government shutdown yesterday. And they think they can take on a Church that has lasted millennia.
Interesting test. According to it, my political values are:
"These scores indicate that you are a very tender-minded moderate; this is the political profile one might associate with a protective parent. It appears that you are accepting of religion, and have a generally optimistic attitude towards humanity in general.