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On Federal Spending, the US Bishops' Advice Fails a Moral Test
Catholic Culture ^ | 5/15/12 | Phil Lawler

Posted on 05/16/2012 1:39:39 PM PDT by marshmallow

Do the American Catholic bishops think it’s morally acceptable to bounce checks? Because that’s what will happen, you know, if Congress follows the bishops’ advice on federal spending.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has repeatedly criticized proposed budget cuts in federal spending, without suggesting alternative ways to balance the budget. Although in these statements the bishops occasionally mention in passing that they recognize deficit spending might be a problem, those disclaimers are never very convincing. There is no sign that the US bishops, as a body, recognize the enormity of the central problem here:

The US government is spending money that it doesn’t have.

When you insist on spending more money than you bring in, and you can’t fall back on savings, you have two options: You can borrow money, or you can write bad checks. If you can’t find lenders willing to extend you credit, you’re down to one option. The US government is approaching that morally catastrophic position at an alarming rate, and the US bishops’ conference is encouraging Congress to press down on the accelerator.

The bishops’ statements, encouraging support for various welfare programs, are based on the premise that the US government can afford to spend money to care for those in need. In cold, hard, economic terms, the US government can’t afford anything. After decades of ambitious government spending programs, Americans have grown accustomed to thinking that the federal government has enormous sums at its disposal—so that whereas you and I can’t afford to help the poor, Uncle Sam can. That’s simply wrong. You and I have more money than the federal government. You and I are in a much better position to help the poor—even in monetary terms—than the massive bureaucracy in Washington.

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TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
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1 posted on 05/16/2012 1:39:43 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Not only is the US government is spending money that it doesn’t have, it is moving towards another policy supported by the Catholic bishops, which is that we all must live at the expense of others.

But what happens when there are no ‘others’ from which to extort the necessary economic resources? I did use the word ‘extort’ because that is exactly what must happen when citizens petition their government to redistribute someone else’s wealth- sometimes they object and resist. So, the Catholic bishops support policies of social spending that require government to send armed agents out to enforce and extort.

In that light, the Catholic bishops would recoil at the observation of ‘extortion’, but that is the cold raw truth about socialism. And make no mistake, the Catholic Church and many other liberal churches support socialism, for only that way would income be ‘fair’, and where Oprah would be forbidden to make any more than Juan Valdez does picking coffee beans. And what a world that would be.

Those who actually read the Scriptures, as compared to those who just talk about fairness, will quickly see that attempts to force people to live at the expense of others is must directly violate two of the Ten Commandments, specifically the ones that forbid coveting and theft. There are also lies involved, but that is another story.

If Catholic bishops are upset at the consequences of the health insurance law that Obama and the left have crammed down our throats, this policy did not ferment in isolation. It goes hand in glove with the social justice policies long advocated and supported by none other than Catholic bishops. The are getting a dose of their own medicine. It tastes very bitter.


2 posted on 05/16/2012 2:23:12 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: marshmallow
Wish to God Lawler were Cardinal in someplace like DC. He's one of the best Catholic thinkers in America.

Even though he's just observing somehting as enormous and unavoidable as the Grand Canyon or the Pacific Ocean. Wonderful to say, he noticed it. That makes him a stand-out right there.

"You can observe a lot just by watchin' .." Yogi Berra

3 posted on 05/16/2012 2:31:35 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("The first duty of intelligent men of our day is the restatement of the obvious." George Orwell)
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