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To: socialismisinsidious

Regrettably, abortion is just a “speed bump” for some in consideration of the other social issues where the Democrats more or less align themselves with general Church teachings, such as care for the poor, food pantries, etc.

Of course, the motivations for this support are totally different — in one case, it is a natural outflow from the Faith, whereas in the other instance it’s just a means to political power by garnering as many votes as possible.

The government turning you over and shaking the money out of your pockets to redistribute “for the common good” is NOT charity and actually can be detrimental to its true spirit. A disturbing aspect of this happened once where I had heard a Catholic say, upon being approached by a solicitor from a well-known and respected institution, that “why should [he] give to {the charity}? That’s what my taxes are for!”


60 posted on 06/08/2008 5:13:27 PM PDT by mikrofon (Catholic LIFE Bump)
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To: mikrofon

This is from American Thinker:

Pope Benedict XVI (writing as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger) give an equally stringent message to Catholics about liberation theology regarding the perversion of the Christian understanding of the “poor”:

“In its positive meaning the Church of the poor signifies the preference given to the poor, without exclusion, whatever the form of their poverty, because they are preferred by God…But the theologies of liberation…go on to a disastrous confusion between the poor of the Scripture and the proletariat of Marx. In this way they pervert the Christian meaning of the poor, and they transform the fight for the rights of the poor into a class fight within the ideological perspective of the class struggle.”

According to Pope Benedict’s instruction on liberation theology, our understanding of the virtues, faith, hope and charity are subjugated to the new Marxist order:

Faith becomes “fidelity to history.”

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, to bring about the final fruition of the class struggle.

Hope becomes “confidence in the future.”

Yes, we can change the world; we don’t need God. Our collective redemption comes when we engage in the Marxist class struggle.

Charity becomes “option for the poor.”

All are not created equal. Special political privilege for the oppressed, socialism, will set us free.

It’s the dawn of a new age.


61 posted on 06/08/2008 5:14:24 PM PDT by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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