Saturday, August 18, 2012

NetWork Sister Campbell: What Does She Want?

The good Sister does some great service working with the poor no doubt, but like many in the religious orders, she needs a refresher course on Catholic Social Doctrine.

Here in this interview with Bill O'Reily, he asked repeatedly 'what is it that you want?'. The good sister wouldn't, couldn't whatever, say exactly in plain language what she wanted done to help the plight of the poor.

It sounds like she is saying she wants a guaranteed wage for workers. While that sounds good it doesn't help the poor get out of their situation. It keeps them there permanently.

It also encourages others who otherwise can and should work hard to just do the minimum in life. Why should they work harder if they can get something by working less.

It also increases the poor in number when those that are working now have to make up the difference, not out of choice, to give that guaranteed wage. I'm not talking about the ultra rich here. I'm talking about those that are making a living to keep afloat themselves. The taxes involves with the good sisters wish affects all not just the rich that she is alluding to.

There are many ways to help the poor and this being a prudential judgment, there are many solutions that can differ among Catholics with good hearts. But a good study on what the church actually teaches is a must if we are actually going to get the poor to higher ground and put them on a path of freedom from poverty.

I takes both the ideas of Jefferson and Locke as well as Aquinas and Aristotle, both material needs and responsibilities as well as spiritual from both the giver as well as the receiver.

Take a minute to listen

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