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To: Mrs. Don-o
To say I have an obligation to the poor is [to say] society has an obligation to the poor.”

Empty headed mush concluding with this howler.

7 posted on 10/22/2010 3:35:18 PM PDT by don-o ("At this point, Islam is just surging into a vacuum" - Mrs Don-o)
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To: don-o

To say I have an obligation the mow my lawn is to say society has an obligation to mow my lawn...Hey, I LIKE where this is going!!!


12 posted on 10/22/2010 3:42:32 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (To be determined...)
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To: don-o
It's a typical thoughtless error. One that crops up everywhere. I feel like I'm playing whack-a-mole.

To wit: Many legitimate Catholic social justice documents refer to the duties of the individual and of society and people assume it means "the State."

It does not. "Society" means the entire ensemble of people organized in many ways on many different levels: marriages, families, parishes, churches, businesses, labor organizations, professional organizations, non-profits, for-profits, philanthropies, fraternal and civil associations, partnerships, city and county governments, corporations, etc.

This whole ensemble comprises many levels which should tend toward the common good (that's "solidarity"); tasks and responsibilities should remain with the lowest and most local level at which they can be done (that's "subsidiarity").

It's always both solidarity and subsidarity, not one or the other.

But somehow, you rarely even see the word "subsidiarity" in a USCCB document. Which is why --- as regards its public policy involvement, anyway--- the USCCB should be disbanded.

In my humble opinion.

27 posted on 10/22/2010 4:44:28 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (USCCB Delenda Est.)
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