Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Keith A Fournier

10/31/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

While the sitting President acted in a manner appropriate to his office - and the Governors and local municipalities acted in a manner appropriate to their own - the New York Times did not


In the wake of the suffering of the people of New York, New Jersey - and the entire Eastern Seaboard - the Editorial page of the New York Times chose political propaganda and politics as usual over compassion and solidarity.  While the sitting President acted in a manner appropriate to his office - and the Governors and local municipalities acted in a manner appropriate to their own - the New York Times did not.

Highlights

By Keith A Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/31/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: New York Times, Editorial, Hurricane Sandy, Good government, solidarity, subsidiarity, liberal, Obama, Romney, Christie, Keith A Fournier


NEW YORK CITY, NY (Catholic Online) - In the wake of the suffering of the people of New York, New Jersey - and the entire Eastern Seaboard - the Editorial page of the New York Times chose political propaganda and politics as usual over compassion and solidarity. 

In a Tuesday, October 30, 2012 editorial entitled A Big Storm Requires Big Government the newspaper accused the Republican candidate for President, former Governor Mitt Romney, of wanting to eliminate disaster coordination by the Federal Government. Of course, the charge is untrue.

Efforts to paint Gov. Romney as a monocle wearing "monopoly man" through caricature and accuse him of having no compassion for the poor, the elderly and the needy, have not worked. So, the paper misused Superstorm Sandy to allege that the candidate did not want to deliver water to the thirsty, food to the hungry or hospital care to the injured.

They should be ashamed. Sadly, the notion of shame seems to be on its way to being politically incorrect along with common sense and responsible journalism.

Fortunately, no similar accusations came from President Obama. While he was busy doing what is proper to his office - like authorizing assistance to Governors like Chris Christie, a Republican Governor who is known for his bluntness - he received appreciation.

Gov. Christie thanked the President for signing a disaster declaration and expediting federal assistance on "CBS This Morning" The Governor noted "Cooperation from the President of the United States has been outstanding. He deserves great credit."

National tragedies are an opportunity for Americans to demonstrate our solidarity. The Catholic Catechism notes "The principle of solidarity, also articulated in terms of "friendship" or "social charity," is a direct demand of human and Christian brotherhood." (See, CCC #1939 - 1942) National challenges bring out our National character.

The New York Times Editorial was a "cheap shot". While the sitting President acted in a manner appropriate to his office - and the Governors and local municipalities acted in a manner appropriate to their own - the New York Times did not.

Mitt Romney, the Presidential candidate, cancelled campaign appearances and directed his campaign busses be used to deliver needed supplies to those affected by the storm! He demonstrated his proper participation as a responsible candidate in this crisis and revealed his character.

Each participant - in their proper way - showed solidarity. Each participated in the task of self government at the foundation of the American experiment. So too did the individuals, charities, churches, religious institutions, families and other mediating institutions which participated in meeting the needs of those who were placed in need by Superstorm Sandy.

Our model of self government and our character as a free and good people was revealed once again. 

The Editorial evinces the mistaken notion embraced by some on the political "left" who seem to believe that the only approach to governing is to federalize everything. We must never forget nor usurp the vital role of mediating institutions in governing. To do so does not serve the common good.

For the Times Editorial to cast aspersions on Mitt Romney and question his empathy was wrong. Sadly, it reveals a trend in some elitist media circles to denigrate anyone who disagrees with them and dares to offer a differing model of governance than the one they endorse. 

Catholic citizens affirm that governing is meant to be something "good". God governs and invites us all into this effort. We were made to give ourselves in love and service to the other; to form societies and communities of interest and to build mediating associations.

We are not fully human unless we are in relationship with one another. Freedom and human flourishing are not found in a notion of the isolated individual as the ground of human freedom. We are one another's neighbors and called to stand together in solidarity.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes that "The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good." (CCC, Article 1, #1878 - 1885)

We are responsible for one another. We build societies to further humanize us, enable us to live in peace together and promote human flourishing. The family is the first government, the first school, the first church and the first mediating institution.

It is in the family that we learn socialization and are schooled in the virtues which make good citizenship even possible. All other government must defer to this first cell of social government and move out - or up - from there, never usurping the primacy of the family.

The family, other mediating institutions, local and State governments are the place for governing to first occur - not the Federal government. It's role is to support and empower them. This model of good government acknowledges our obligations in solidarity to one another, and to the poor, but always respects and applies the principle of subsidiarity.

Through their proper role, each governing entity is empowered to serve the common good. Superstorm Sandy can teach us all a lesson in solidarity, subsidiarity and Good Government. Let's hope that lesson  includes the editorial department of the New York Times.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More U.S.

Bella's Gift: The Santorum Book that Keeps on Giving Watch

Image of The book, Bella's Gift, has shaken me. On more than one occasion, it has forced me to my knees in tears. That is because, in a candid, honest, profoundly spiritual way, this splendidly written book puts the reader in the presence of unconditional love. then, through its deep spiritual truths, it unleashes the dynamic power of amazing grace.

By Keith A Fournier

I was with Rick Santorum at the Awakening Conference in Orlando, Florida. Rick and Karen Santorum are personal friends. Their whole family is a source of inspiration to me. But most especially, that little Princess named Bella Santorum. She is the center, the ... continue reading


Play-doh Christianity and the Vanishing Cross

Image of Bell can have his happy-clappy, navel-centered religion and his wimpy god. He just can't call it Christianity, and he can't claim it's the Church.

By Jennifer Hartline

There is no Christianity without Christ, and no Christ without the cross. There was no need for the cross except for our Redemption, and no need for that except for our sin. To preach Christianity without preaching repentance from sin and taking up your cross is ... continue reading


McDonald's does the unthinkable - Big Mac Shop launches McFashion clothing line Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fast food conglomerate McDonald's had released its own fashion and lifestyle line, with the clothes full of Big Mac prints on them. The McFashion debuted on Tuesday in Sweden, in celebration of their most recent campaign, "I'm Lovin' It 24." Profit generated from the ... continue reading


Top Stories of the Week You Can't Miss Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

From a tragic airplane crash that killed 150 people to the blood of St. Januarius liquifying, this week in news has been quite a roller coaster. We saw nuns mob Pope Francis, a father lose seven of his eight children in a horrifying fire and the first announced ... continue reading


Majority of Latinos in United States speak English Watch

Image of  Latinos who only speak English are often ostracized by Latinos who only speak Spanish or are bilingual. Many Latinos, upon being hired for positions, are presumed to know and speak Spanish.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While it would appear to some to be contrary, the majority of Latinos within the continental United States, 62 percent, speak English. A new analysis of the Pew Research Center's 2013 National Survey of Latinos has found that the current demographics will ... continue reading


The Christian Feast of the Annunciation is About More than Mary Watch

Image of The Annunciation: The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you. (Luke 1:26,27)

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Walking along this Way of Yes, leads us into a dialogue, a conversation, a communion, a new Way of life, the Christian Way. By saying Yes, offering our own Fiat, we become consecrated and enlisted in the ongoing mission of the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary shows us that ... continue reading


Where's the most hate in the United States? A look into the top states with the highest amount of hate groups may shock you Watch

Image of There is hope. According to the center,

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While California is typically known for laidback attitudes and acceptance of diversity - it comes as a shock to learn that the Golden State has the largest amount of "hate groups" across the United States. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the ... continue reading


Fox News asks New York City's party district if they are proud to be an American: Watch their unbelievable responses (VIDEO) Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fox News producer, Jesse Watters, took to the streets in the "party district" of New York City to sample the opinion a certain demographic has toward America. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As a part of Watters' World and The O'Reilly Factor, Watters asks people ... continue reading


What would you do to get your childhood back? People spend big money to find their inner child in adult preschool Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Preschool Mastermind is a preschool for the adults in Brooklyn; it started the first week of March and ends the last week. Students come in every week, trying to get in touch with the magical world they left behind as their childhood ended. However, this adult ... continue reading


'Meet the Animals' SeaWorld continues to fight negative publicity from 'Blackfish' with new campaign Watch

Image of SeaWorld comes back to negative reviews with the

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. releases their new campaign, ahead of a book release by their former trainer John Hargrove. The company received a rapid decrease in audience attendance and revenue from negative responses after the release "Blackfish," a documentary ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-7
4 Lord Yahweh has given me a disciple's tongue, for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
8 'He trusted himself to Yahweh, let Yahweh set him ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 15:1-39
1 First thing in the morning, the chief priests, ... Read More

Reading 2, Philippians 2:6-11
6 Who, being in the form of God, did not count ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 29th, 2015 Image

St. Berthold
March 29: Considered by some historians to be the founder of the Carmelite ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter