Saturday, January 15, 2011

Catholic Social Justice

The principle of Social Justice, as practiced by the Catholic Church, is often misunderstood.
One of the key principles of Catholic social thought is known as the principle of subsidiarity. This tenet holds that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization. In other words, any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. This principle is a bulwark of limited government and personal freedom. It conflicts with the passion for centralization and bureaucracy characteristic of the Welfare State.
So, that principle is why bulking up the State's taxation system, to forcibly take money from those that have earned it, to give to the poor, is NOT within the limits of charity.

It ain't charity if you act like Robin Hood.  And, despite the presence of Friar Tuck, Robin Hood didn't act like a Christian.

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