Skip to comments.Campaign 2012: Economy and Empowerment
Posted on 10/20/2012 2:02:00 PM PDT by SumProVita
A robust economy is not only an economic imperative; it is a moral and cultural imperative. A robust economy makes honorable work possible for all who wish to be responsible for their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. And work, according to Blessed John Paul II in the 1983 encyclical Laborem Exercens, is an expression of our participation in Gods sustaining creation of the world.
A robust economy makes possible the empowerment of the underprivilegedthe true preferential option for the poor in Catholic social doctrine, according to John Pauls 1991 encyclical Centesimus Annuseven as it helps conserve public resources by making the resort to welfare less necessary.
A robust economy is essential in supporting one telling sign of Americas enduring generosity and idealism: the remarkable philanthropy of the American people. Americans, these days, give some $300 billion a year to charitable organizations, including religious institutions that fund vast networks of education, health care, and social service serving people in real need. There is simply nothing like this anywhere else in the Western world; if you doubt that, go to Europe or Canada, where the tradition of the benign, caretaker state (the contemporary version of the benign, caretaker monarch) has severely eroded charitable instinctsmeaning giving.
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