Thursday, April 29, 2010

Out of the Silent Continent

Comes a story about the pro-life movement in Brussels

The light of God shines even in the darkest of places.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Right and Left

The common refrain from the left of the political aisle is that society must provide for the common good at the expense of the individual. If we must force the individual to pay his fair share then so be it. The right would have us believe that the individual is supreme, and that infringing on him by robbing him of his property through taxes is a violation of justice.

I find this curious dichotomy to miss a crucial element. It would appear to me that this view of humanity is incomplete. Society in the form of the state vs. the indiviual. I find that the social justice/redistributionists lack an understanding of how the "resources" that we need to redistribute came into being in the first place. Likewise I find that the individualists to curiously forget how it is that the environment that created the ability for the individual to create such resources comes about.

Now it is laudible that the social justice folks care much about the poor. They do indeed want to see that the basic rights of the poor are met and are appalled at the idea that the basic rights of the poor (life, food shelter) are not respected by those groups of people we call "society". However I do not know how they arrive at the conclusion how these resources come about. I assume that the social justice advocates assume that the recources are hoarded by the "uber-rich" or "selfish rich." There is no doubt that such people exist. I also believe that there are rich who wish to impart those riches on the needy. One only needs to look at Oprah or Extreme Makeover Home Edition to see rich people or corporations attempt to help the poor.

The individualist in turn respects that the individual is a person, not a "resource." That the individual, by nature of his being human, is not a resource producing cog but a man. And as such he has a certain "right" to that thing we refer to as "his." But in emphasising the the role of the individual the individualist fails to see that man is more than a "person." He participates in "community." The Sistine Chapel, or any construction of large magnitude, is not built by a man but men. Also missing is the idea that men do not reach their full potential alone but in working with others.

In short, the individualist see only trees and the social justice advocate see only the forest.

I think the basic problem stems from a lack of imagination. The social justice cannot see how to solve "societal" issues without erroding the rights of the individual, and thus sees the individual as less important. Likewise the individualist sees the individual rights as too important to infringe upon to solve more "societal" concerns.

To me neither view is correct. By pitting the two views against each other we receive an incomplete picture. Man is neither an island nor a cog in a "societal" machine. In adopting either view we sacrifice too many dimensions of man. We identify problems but not solutions.

In order to move past the obstacles that stem from these two views I believe we must abandon them and refocus our attention. We must ask ourselves "what is the smallest scope of humanity we can look at that incorporates all dimensions of a human being?" To do that we must turn to the Church's teaching on social justice. For in her wisdom she points us to that old and venerable institution, before nation states or Enlightenment individuality. I speak of the family.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Through fear we give in to evil

John 18:14 tells us of Caiaphas' philosophy. That the evil of killing an innocent man must be done to protect the people. Going against the Commandment that they were charged with teaching, the Pharisees seek to murder a man who had done nothing wrong. In the eyes of the Law he was blameless.

It was fear that motivated them. Fear of how the "King of the Jews" would appear to the local Roman authorities. That the people only a few days ago had hailed as their Savior. To save the Jews, they would break the Law. It was all for the "greater good."

It is striking to realize that we are no different today. It is the fear that says a baby is "punishment." The same temptation that argues we must enter into evil to save ourselves. The same temptation that says it is OK to slaughter the unborn in the name of health care.

The primary motivation of these sins is fear. Fear that being good isn't enough. That good cannot fix the problems. That good is not "productive." Evil offers a shortcut. A direct path through the mud that will solve the issue. Fear of our powerlessness to overcome our own sinfulness and that of society. Fear of the world and it's capacity to cause death and pain.

But just as the execution of that innocent Man 2000 years ago didn't save Jerusalem, neither will our modern evils that we have convinced ourselves are "necessary" will actually save us. For true Hope lies not in the machinations of the state or systems of economics, but in Christ. Our first and foremost thoughts must turn to Him.

Pray unceasingly. The King of Kings hears our prayers. Listen to Him.

Viva Christo Rey!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter Tuesday everyone!!!!

Yes, it's still Easter! Isn't that awesome!?!!

In the interest of fairness

since I hold no real loyalty to either political party.

The Republicans have never struck me as the "prolife" party. More like the "not so pro death" party. Although that is changing sadly to the "torture" party.

Abortion to the left of me, torture to the right, stuck in the middle with Christ.

But we must remember

It's only violence if it is the Democratic Party HQ that's the target.

Happy Easter Monday everyone!!!

Keep the celebration going!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He Is Risen!!!

Glory and Praise to Christ!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

And remember

it only incites violence if it's RNC strategists...

Scroll about halfway to see the target map.

An excellent article on the USCCB's role

in confusing the health care issue. Required reading. Test next week.

Update: Should read the USCCB, as distinct from the bishops themselves. I think the USCCB should be split into two groups, the body of bishops themselves, and the legislative efforts council or something. This was we can distinguish between the bishops acting in their authority vs. prudential judgements about upcoming legislation.


It's only violent rhetoric when Tea Party protestors do it...
WARNING... vulgarity.