Skip to comments.The Modern State Causes the Problems it Pretends to Fix
Posted on 01/23/2013 8:51:37 AM PST by marshmallow
Pope Leo XIII affirms that a well governed State will promote the material and moral prosperity of its citizens, will honor private property and free association, and will protect the poor from abuse or depredation by the rich.
How to do these things? Leo lays down four principles.
The first is what Ill call the Principle of Moral Health. A State, he says, chiefly prospers and thrives through moral rule, well-regulated family life [family life directed from within by the moral law], respect for religion and justice, the moderation and equal allocation of public taxes, the progress of the arts and of trade, [and] the abundant yield of the land. The emphasis is on direction from the objective moral law, and on a combination of self-restraint and industriousness.
This self-restraint, when practiced by the State, suggests a second principle, what Ill call the Law of Sufficient Generality. A well governed State will assist the poor primarily by establishing an environment wherein people of common decency and assiduousness can raise healthy children to become good citizens in their turn: The more that is done for the benefit of the working classes by the general laws of the country, the less need will there be to seek for special means to relieve them.
That leads to the third, what Ill call the Principle of the Home. Its often called Subsidiarity. We must never confuse a true beneficence, which honors the prime society of the family, with the false beneficence that barters goods in exchange for the familys soul: The State must not absorb the individual or the family; both should be allowed free and untrammeled action so far as is consistent with the common good and the interests of others. The same holds true of free associations. The State must not thrust.....
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I was just listening to Catholic Radio and they were talking about this very thing......especially with Obama——put in new insurance requirements.....making it worse....and then offering Obamacare to supposedly solve the problem.
All this implies the fourth principle, what Ill call the Principle of the Human Person. Man, made free, in the image of God, must not be subordinated to abstractions. We accept no fatalisms. We will not subsume human commerce under a law, whether Marxist or Benthamite, socialist or capitalistic, which determines what is good and bad. We obey God, not man.