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Some on the political “right” espouse a version of libertarianism which is anti-government. This is at odds with the insights summarized in the Catechism. They paraphrase the American founders to imply that the existence of government itself is the problem. Some on the political “left” seem to want to federalize everything. They think that our obligations in solidarity means establishing more federal government programs. They are wrong.
September 6th, 2012
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WASHINGTON,DC (Catholic Online) – We are finally done with the political conventions which precede the Fall Presidential campaign in the United States. The airwaves will soon be filled with even more charged political commercials. The Presidential and Vice Presidential debates will soon occur and, before we know it, we will be at the ballot box.
Anyone who reads me regularly, knows that I am convinced this election is one of the most important in my lifetime, given all that is at stake. However, I write to address an underlying issue which has not yet been properly addressed by either Major Political Party, the role of government in civil society.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes some observations concerning society: “All men are called to the same end: God himself. There is a certain resemblance between the union of the divine persons and the fraternity that men are to establish among themselves in truth and love. Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God”. Read more