2020/11/03

The Order of Charity

 

Catholics for Biden

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches as follows on the reciprocal rights and responsibilities of citizens and legitimate leaders:

Those subject to authority should regard those in authority as representatives of God, who has made them stewards of his gifts:43 "Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution.... Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God."44 Their loyal collaboration includes the right, and at times the duty, to voice their just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the dignity of persons and to the good of the community.

It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. the love and service of one's country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.

Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one's country:

If you're reading this on election day, stop and go vote.

And in case there was any doubt, casting a vote for Joe Biden is a mortal sin.

12 comments:

  1. I have discharged my duty, with joy.

    And to the last sentence, yes, we have at this point in these United States two parties, the semi-Christian party, and the anti-Christian party.

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    1. The semi-Christian party needs to get its [bleep] together and become the Christian party, including showing to the door certain non-Christians who seem to find joy in degrading and destroying Christian cultures.

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    2. Praise God for increase in patriotism, which is part of the virtue of religion!

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  2. I honestly don't understand how somebody can claim to honor Christ, yet believe that casting their vote for a party of avowed and determined slaughterers of children is somehow a good idea. Even in my most naïve of days, when I was on board with almost every point of the Democrat platform, I still voted straight Republican for this one reason alone. I am a single issue voter, and you should be, too.

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    1. On anything but direct questions of theology, I’m reluctant to say anyone else is definitely not a Christian. I will say, however, that I simply don’t see how the faith as I know it can allow their politics.

      On the other hand, I lean towards anarchism myself, which some people say cannot go with the Christian faith, so maybe this pot should keep his mouth shut about the kettle’s complexion.

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    2. Cognitive dissonance.

      "They're killing babies, you know."
      "Oh yeah, well what about those OTHER people that your Bad Guy party kills? So they cancel each other out. I'm voting for the more compassionate choice."

      Believe me, I live near a lot of these folks. This is how they think. They want to feel good, so they cobble reasons together to feel righteous voting for the socially acceptable and easy choice.

      Though it might have changed. The last time they had an election in the area it shifted moderate right for the first time . . . well, ever.

      That kind might be a dying breed.

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    3. Correcting those kinds of vicious dopamine addicts is what the hierarchy is supposed to be for. More excommunications, please.

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    4. Yeah c'mon Catholics. You've got an Inquisition, use it!
      No I am not being ironic.
      I'm not sure how you can vote Dem when they start more wars, kill more babies, and carry out more outrages against the dignity of the working class - within which Persons Other Than Anglo are over-represented. All they have to offer is the claim that their health care will be more effective; not only has this never been shown, it's not been demonstrated that they are substantially different, just preferring a cosmetic re-organization of the government-corporate complex.

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    5. Christianity is a revealed religion. Membership is definitional based on belief, i.e. if you believe X, Y, and Z, you are C.

      To be a Catholic in good standing, one must hold the 258 dogmas and observe the 5 precepts. Most Catholics who claim weekly Mass attendance vote Conservative. The problem is that large numbers of people who say they're Catholic but don't believe or practice what the Church preaches don't receive pastoral correction.

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    6. My understanding is that those who attend weekly religious gatherings and/or are married and have two or more children tend to vote conservative.
      It's almost like progressivism is typically associated with social maladjustment and biological failure... almost like there is a nature/morality agreement in play. But I guess no philosopher of worth has really addressed the question, right? ;)

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  3. Wreckage--I think you're misreading the quotation; it means 'do not do evil for the sake of bringing about good', or loosely, 'the ends do not justify the means.'

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    1. I took it to be another rejection of the idea of doing evil to increase grace. In any case, the text does NOT mean if you are passive enough good will come of it. The misquote implies that good comes, if only we do no evil - the original rejects the idea of evil being itself a way to cause good. Or in my reading, rejects the idea of deliberately causing evil in the belief that good actually arises from Christians doing evil (similarly to doing evil directly/dualistically increasing the amount of grace in the world).

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