Thursday, June 28, 2012

The unspeakable words

Soooo looking forward to talking Catholic social teaching shop with die-hard Trads. I probably will get raked over the coals for this, but I think many in the "conservative" end of the Catholic Church are making a huge mistake with the over-focus on the moral teachings. Of course, it is hard to avoid when The World is so hell-bent on abolishing the moral law. But there's so much that is falling by the wayside because of it.

The single-minded focus on what our enemies call "the pelvic issues" has led to a loss of even awareness of the social, political and economic treachings that have been allowed to languish unattended for over 100 years. And frankly, the loss of the moral compass in the west can be traced to the loss of the pre-communist notion of what human society is for.

The left in the Church has highjacked it and has been claiming, nearly unopposed, that Catholic social teaching is more or less indistinguishable from soft-Marxism and does everything it can to make kissy-face with the secularists.

In the meantime, everything that was being developed through the 19th and early 20th century lies unregarded in dusty books at the back of the Catholic library. And anyone breathing the words "Social reign of Christ" doesn't get invited to the party again.

It is why I'm especially keen to be going to this year's Roman Forum in Gardone Riviera ...
"Although present in germ from apostolic times, Catholic political and social doctrine really emerged as a systematic body of thought together with the nineteenth century reaction to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. It is regularly dismissed by our contemporaries — believers prominent among them — as everything from utopian and futile to theocratic and dangerous in character.

"But as the global pluralist order continues its attack on man’s true social and individual nature — and thereby commits itself more fully to its own self-destruction — Catholic political and social doctrine will clearly be seen for what it really is: not only supernaturally true, but the only rational and practical hope for modern man as well. Its supernatural and rational truth, the historical and current problems of its implementation, the character of valuable “fellow travelers” with whom it might work, and the nature of its enemies — many of whom all too often pose as friends — are the subject of this special twentieth anniversary Summer Symposium."

Just so y'all don't think that it's all about a chance to spend ten days lying around the pool...



Martial Artist said...

Miss White,

Enjoy the Forum. Are you aware of Fr. Robert Sirico's new book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Market, or Thomas Woods, The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy? I have not yet read the former, but the latter is very good.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

I wouldn't give too much time to Fr. Sirico.