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  1. March 28, 2010 2:49 pm

    Christ certainly compels us to take care of our brethren. It the individual’s job to take care of neighbor, not the government’s. The individual has failed at caring for their neighbor, so now a large bureaucracy is stepping forward with legislation to modify how care is given. Many complain that the government fails at many things it does, so why do we expect this to work? My answer is, look at the roads. They have potholes and probably need to be widened to accommodate more traffic, they aren’t perfect, and are very flawed (especially in Louisiana as we well know =) ) but no body else is willing to do it. Since no one was willing to step forward and care for the health of our neighbors, the government is taking care of it. Perhaps to republicans out there, this can be their punishment for irresponsibility towards neighbor, and an encouragement to find another way. To democrats who are happy about this, its a witness to caring for those that were cast aside. To Christians, we must balance our views politically and religiously and decide which matters most to us. Do we love our country more than our neighbor? Do we love our country more than our God?

    As far as partisan craziness, Dorothy Day is considered a communist by many, as is her Catholic Social Worker movement (although I would disagree about that politically, but socially, yes). I’m pretty sure she won’t be converting any hearts that are already convinced that the Land of the free and the home of the brave is turning into Cuba.

    I am proud to be an American, but “my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man
    my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood it’s to a king & a kingdom ” – Derek Webb

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  3. April 22, 2010 10:02 pm

    Veronica, it seems to me that you miss the point of Kim’s quoting of Ms. Day. Healthcare should be directed toward the dignity of the human person, the first principle (if you will) of Catholic Social Doctrine. With that said, it is from both angles, the individual person and the State, that this principle should be understood. The former is known as commutative justice wherein the individual works for the good of the neighbor. Each person tries within his/her power to satisfy the needs of fellow human beings, most especially those who cannot fulfill their own needs, namely the poor. The latter is distributive justice, wherein the State works for the good of each person within its domain. In a sense, our legislators had this in mind (I tend to think their were more worried about themselves and their own ideologies) when they mean to establish a more governmental healthcare system to cover all citizens.
    What they have forgotten is the principle of subsidiarity, wherein “a community of 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 coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view of the common good,” (John Paul II, Centisimus Annus 48).
    This bill does two things to offend this principle: 1) it doesn’t have the view of the common good in mind, the most basic common good is that of life of which is does not support with the abortion legislation 2) instead of putting restrictions on the greed that has caused problems within the healthcare system, i.e. the insurance companies, the government has asserted power to the detriment of the communities of lower order, i.e. each state, hospital, clinic, etc.
    It is asserting a totalitarian feel by using “democratic” policy (not the party but the process). It is guided by ideology and not charity in truth which is what Benedict XVI warned us about in his last encyclical.
    As regards to the bipartisan ridiculousness, it should not effect the Catholic’s participation in the government. He/she must be guided by the principles outlined by popes which is conveniently found in the Compendium of Social Doctrine ( chapter 4.

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