Government should assume a positive role ..
As I read it, this is a recommendation and one that makes perfect sense. The Catholic Church continues to do outreach to the poor but it helps when government also does its share. The problem, as I understand, is when Church organizations accept government funding at which point the government is then empowered to make demands on the organization. The one example that comes to mind is Catholic Charities adoption program where the government in England and in the state of Massachusetts now dictate that homosexuals have an equal right in adopting available children. Is this what you were referring to as well?
Yes ,Those are examples, I think we are defining this better- it’s hard for me to explain it simply- the statement “acting through their government” is where things go off the track I think.
and to take your example further, if Catholics vote for Obama, because “he will help the poor” and he facilitates legislation to create a “right” of homosexual marriage, for example, that is getting the bad with the good. And the Catholic community has given up any input into the execution of these ideals because they have empowered the government, through their vote, to act on their behalf.
I think the goals would be better accomplished if the money , power and oversight remained with the private organization.
“The Catholic Church continues to do outreach to the poor but it helps when government also does its share.”
Better to cut taxes and leave it all to the Church. Government messes up everything it touches.