Will House Republican Agenda Defend Life and Marriage? Time for Catholic Action
The political dualism that says there are social and economic issues which should be kept separate must be rejected.
The "political dualism" that says there are "social" and "economic" issues which should be kept separate must be rejected. The reason we care about expanding economic opportunity is because we respect the dignity of every human person, including our smallest neighbors.
The "political dualism" that says there are "social" and "economic" issues which should be kept separate, must be rejected.
Rights are endowed by a Creator not conferred by the State. Because they are goods of the human person, we must defend the human persons who will exercise them. Our opposition to the judicial manufacture of a "right" to take innocent human life in the womb must never take a back seat to any other concern in the public policy arena. Freedom must be exercised with reference to what is true and good in any just and moral society. Our insistence upon defending marriage is also not simply because of our religious faith. Yes, our faith informs our position. However, the truth about marriage is also confirmed in the Natural Law which is written on every human heart and knowable through the exercise of reason. Marriage, a lifelong union between one man and one woman open to the bearing and raising of children, is accepted across cultures.
The effort to give an enforced legal equivalency to non-marital relations and force all of us to call what can never be a marriage to be a marriage, such as homosexual partnerships, is unjust. It can never serve the true common good. The defense of marriage is also a defense of the blueprint for building a just society. Marriage - and the family founded upon it- is the first government, first hospital, first economy, first school, first mediating institution and the very foundation of our life together.
Reports confirm that the agenda will defend the right to life and marriage Though we can breathe a sigh of relief that establishment Republicans such as Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels failed in efforts to leave the so called "social issues" out of this agenda failed, we must remain vigilant. This is not the end. It is only the beginning. The "political dualism" that says there are "social" and "economic" issues which should be kept separate, must be rejected. The reason we care about expanding economic opportunity is because we respect the dignity of every human person, including our smallest neighbors. The reason we want to ensure the application of the principle of subsidiarity to keep government at the lowest level is because we respect the primacy of the family as the first government. Yes, economic issues matter. However, some who decried centralized economic planning as leading to collectivism and warned about the growth of the Federal Government participated in propounding the problems when they were in power. We cannot let that happen again.
Others espouse a brand of "libertarianism" that cares little about our social obligations to one another. We are our brothers/sisters keepers and Catholics must never forget that. Rejecting big government solutions doesn't mean rejecting our obligation in solidarity. It means building a ground up model of economic opportunity which expands opportunity and participation to all. Catholics are not one more "interest group" which can be polled, pandered to and bought. Our social obligation is to promote the true common good, not just use the slogan to sound "catholic" as happened in the last political cycle. Our political participation is committed to human life and dignity, marriage and the family, authentic human freedom, and solidarity directed by the application of the principle of subsidiarity. We will be heard during the coming elections.
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