Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | March 19, 2008

Catholic Socal Teaching Part II

Because Part I was enough to digest, I had to split this entry into two. As Catholics we often talk about participation in things, what does this mean?

CCC 1913 “Participation” is the voluntary and generous engagement of a person in social interchange. It is necessary that all participate each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person.

CCC 1914 Participation is achieved first of all by taking charge of the areas for which one assumes personal responsibility: by the care taken for the education of his family, by conscientious work, and so forth, man participates in the good of others and of society.

CCC 1915 As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life. The manner of this participation may vary from one country or culture to another. “One must pay tribute to those nations whose systems permit the largest possible number of citizens to take part in public life in a climate of genuine freedom.”

CCC 1916 As with any ethical obligation, the participation of all in realizing the common good calls for a continually renewed conversion of the social partners. Fraud and other subterfuges, by which some people evade the constraints of the law and the prescriptions of societal obligation, must be firmly condemned because hey are incompatible with the requirements of justice. Much care should be taken to promote institutions that improve the conditions of human life.

CCC 1917 It is incumbent on those who exercise authority to strengthen the values that inspire the confidence of the members of the group and encourage them to put themselves at the service of others. Participation begins with education and culture. “One is entitled to think that the future of humanity is in the hands of those who are capable of providing the generations to come with reasons for life and optimism”

What’s important here?
Participation is voluntary and generous engagement in social interchange for the common good.
It is important that everyone participates
Participation requires that we take some personal responsibility
Participation calls for continual conversion.
Participation begins with education and culture.

When we as Catholics say that we can not participate in public sin, this is exactly what we’re talking about. Because we as Catholics must promote the Common good of the society, we can not promote such things as abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, not just because they are morally evil, but mainly because these activities do not promote the common good of the society. There was a Bible Study the other day at St. Thérèse that I was at we were studying Lk 17, and in the first 2 verses “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by who they come! I would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin (Lk 17, 1-2). The Laws must not be written for us to be tempted to sin. We should be trying to avoid sinful actions….

As I mentioned in the beginning I’m a DINO (Democrat in name only), not by belief. Why in general the positions that are taken by the democrats are not for the social good of the society? Well, part of it is this liberation theology, which is very popular in Latin American countries, that Christ is a Liberator from economic problems (He liberates us, but from sin, he was not a political liberator, as some of the Pharisees and Scribes thought he’d be, as a matter of fact, those that were in a bad economic situation were probably worse off after Jesus came because of the persecutions). That the government must take on the role of economic relief. For example, if we sponsor National Health Care, (which in theory is a great idea), what are the consequences of this action: 1. Higher Taxes (someone’s got to pay for it, money doesn’t come falling from the sky, nor is there a money tree). 2. Less quality healthcare, and the reason for this competition will no longer be there, and because EVERYONE MUST BE COVERED, The doctors that would normally perform specialty operations (such as heart surgery) would be delegated to doing just the check-ups because of the fact that everyone must be covered. Now am I saying that health care doesn’t need to be reformed? Absolutely not, I’m just saying that sponsoring national health care isn’t the best way to do so. The cost is high, understandable, I know, but how we go about fixing it is not dwindling into that infamous 33$ that the government ALREADY takes from us. If national health care is sponsored, that number’s going to be more like 50% instead of the roughly 1/3rd or so we give up to the government now. Do you see how this does not promote the common good?

Illegal immigration is another topic that’s very hot with some people. We must treat them with the dignity and respect as a human person. However we must also understand that they are bound under the authority of the law of the land. There is no rule saying that you have to punish someone the time that they commit an offense. We see this all the time. When a child gets in trouble, it’s always “Wait till your Father gets home.” Or in the case of schooling, they get sent home, and are then punished by the parents for their actions. Why not the same with illegal immigrants? Where does it say in the Law that we have to punish them the second that we catch them? For many of them, they have families, and this is something that should be respected. For the minority that sends in drugs and stuff like that, the majority are here to work and to attempt to build for themselves a better economic situation back home. (Heck, If I was down in México, I’d probably come up here too). The sins of the minority should not affect how we treat the good majority. The ideal situation is to work with the government of México and to help them promote the common good of the society back in their place, so the need to come up to the US would decrease. I’m in favor of a solution where they get like temporary work permits and are then kicked out the country double the time they’ve been in the US. I don’t think it’s that expensive to make a little cheap ID card (it doesn’t need to be all fancy) and get the illegal immigrants in the system. (We have the technology to do so, let’s use it)…This entry is not supposed to be offering solutions, but to point out the common good for everyone by opening the borders or kicking them out the country is not being met.

As I’ve mentioned before with Abortion, you’re either for it, or against it. The situations of rape and incest are rare with respect to most pregnancies. The common good is not to promote infanticide but rather to promote the dignity of the human person and teach the nature of the human person and in that teen pregnancy will decrease. Not by promoting contraception or “safe sex” programs.

A thing that I hope that you ponder as the common good is best for EVERYONE in the society, not just the poor, not just the rich, but everyone! Have a great day Amen!

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