August 11, 2012
Sometimes I get emotional (actually, most of the time) and I rush to share my enthusiasm. Today, I wasn’t Always Catholic. Thank you (once again) for your lesson on Truth and Charity Lisa Graas! My sister in Christ truly loves me. She is teaching me to think before I speak/write and as a Catholic and a Blogger I am blessed to have such a sister/mentor.
Living in Wisconsin (the Rome of America for sure) with a bishop (Robert Morlino) who is a faithful son of the Church, a Catholic population that still goes to Fish Frys at the local restaurants on Fridays year round and the one and only approved apparition site (Our Lady of Good Help) in the U.S. I guess today I got a little over the top.
I came out very excited for Paul Ryan. I am still excited with him for a few reasons. First and foremost he is PROLIFE. Secondly, he is faithful to the Church’s Teaching on Subsidiarity. See below:
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.
This is why Pope John Paul II took the “social assistance state” to task in his 1991 encyclical Centesimus Annus. The Pontiff wrote that the Welfare State was contradicting the principle of subsidiarity by intervening directly and depriving society of its responsibility. This “leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending.” David Bosch “The Principle of Subsidiarity” Acton Institute
In this case, Abortion being the gravest Evil, ProLife trumps. Right? How do I then reconcile that with Ryan’s “admiration” of Ayn Rand? without getting into a discussion of Ayn Rand. Her opposition to both religion and the Church were clear. This is where I hope and pray that Paul Ryan will have “the scales fall from my eyes” as my dearest sister in Christ Lisa Graas has said.
I will pray for Paul Ryan that he truly lives his faith. So far, his Pro Life stance serves him well. His responsibility to fiscal issues (which is supported by Church Teaching. Rampant debt is a moral issue) must always be based on Charity, the Evangelical counsel of Charity, which Subsidiarity supports. The Church does not support Ayn Rand’s vision and nor should he.
As far as the U.S. Bishops Conference goes, I am going to opt for silence and try to listen to what God has to say in the “still, small voice in my heart” (St John of the Cross) and pray unceasingly for them.
Free enterprise of course, supports our freedom to support ourselves and in turn to serve society. (The render to Caesar thing) It’s what we do with that prosperity is the point. We, as Catholics have the right to earn a living and to profit. We also have the responsibility of answering to the God we believe in.(The render to God thing)
Simple? Yes. Actually doing it? Hard. the Reward: Heaven…Priceless.