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Whatever Benedict XVI's personal perspectives, Gau...

2007-04-27T13:46:00.000-04:00

Whatever Benedict XVI's personal perspectives, Gaudium et spes [The Church in the Modern World, 1964, Vatican II] is the Church's official teaching on socio-politico-economics, which is decidedly communitarian (indeed, its nascent proponent). While it categorically rejects both atheistic communism and pluralistic liberal democracy and capitalism, its foundation for distributivism hail directly from the Acts of the Apostles.



I also have to agree with Ricks position on this. ...

2007-04-26T08:37:00.000-04:00

I also have to agree with Ricks position on this. I think he made his point quite clear. I am usually well-tuned to spot catholic bashing and find none here.

I doubt the Pope's skin is as thin as brian's.



There are several encyclicals that I could point t...

2007-04-20T15:56:00.000-04:00

There are several encyclicals that I could point to that would illustrate a great deal of fidelity to the free market... Centesimus Annus is a great example.

A handful of misplaced excerpts from questionable media sources doesn't make a book. Just an opinion, which I'll gladly reserve until the book comes out.

All that having been said, Rick is correct on the perceived argument. Where I would disagree is whether Pope Benedict XVI truly holds these opinions...



I don't quite see how you guys can conclude that t...

2007-04-08T17:43:00.000-04:00

I don't quite see how you guys can conclude that the Pope holds a collectivist-like economic ideal just from excerpts from his new book. And his reference to Marx surely doesn't imply that he has "communist" views either. his anti-communistic principles had been clear in his writings for decades. I presume you're all waiting to read the entire book, Jesus of Nazareth, as soon as the English translation appears. By the way, I am a Protestant fan of this Pope.



I apologize to all if I belabor a point, but this ...

2007-04-07T15:10:00.000-04:00

I apologize to all if I belabor a point, but this whole thing about supporting Marxist collectivism as the cure for what ails Africa or any other place in the world should be discussed at length. People tend to forget the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11. At that time the early Christian community held everything in common. But Ananias and Sapphira with-held a certain amount of the proceeds from selling their land, and then lied about it to Peter. Of course they died for the lying part, but the relevancy of the story lies in the natural desire of Ananias and Sapphira (and all humans) to possess their own rightfully acquired wealth. Ananias and Sapphira would NOT have been struck dead had they NOT lied to Peter when he questioned then about the price of the land they had sold. But they always had the right to their own wealth.

My Dad used to say that capitolism was dirty and rotten, but it allowed man to naturally compete to satisfy his own needs whereas all other systems - communism, socialism, etc. - ended up concentrating wealth in the hands of a few at the expense of the majority of individuals, and THAT is exactly what the evil little dictatorships do in Africa, a point that Pope Benedict misses.

I have nothing but respect for His Holiness, but I think a re-review of the story of Ananias and Sapphira is in order: collectivism didn't work in the early Church and it doesn't work now. People have the right to earn their own wealth to make their own decisions and be responsible for their own futures. Jesus expects nothing less than such individual responsibility from each of us.



Brian,Ed is correct and I write that as a devout C...

2007-04-07T14:39:00.000-04:00

Brian,

Ed is correct and I write that as a devout Catholic. I honor and respect Pope Benedict, but his venture into economics leaves much to be desired. In fact, what seems to be very prevalent in recent times in the Church is to lean towards leftist philosophy - collectivism - when discussing any political or economic issue. This invariably places a so-called common good ahead of the individual right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If anything, the teachings of Jesus underscore the need for individual responsibility that comes with individual rights rather than the renunciation of individual responsibility for the common good. The story of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25:31-46 is exactly about INDIVIDUAL responsibility to do good, not a collective one. Sadly, as brilliant a theologian as he is, Pope Benedict seems to miss this.

Additionally, unless the Pope is speaking ex Cathedra, then what he writes is not infallible and one may still be a Catholic in good standing and disagree with him.



Brian, I am afraid that I don't see the anti-Catho...

2007-04-07T12:21:00.000-04:00

Brian, I am afraid that I don't see the anti-Catholic bigorty of which you speak; if the Pope wants to venture into economics, then his ideas are subject to the same criticism as anyone else's. And specific criticisms of Rick's rationale would be helpful.

Happy birthday, Rick.



You cross well beyond reasonable disagreement into...

2007-04-07T10:22:00.000-04:00

You cross well beyond reasonable disagreement into snippity slights and revel in your anti-Catholic bigotry. Far above the problems with your rationale (of which there are many) is your inability to make an argument that shows proper respect.



Rick,At web page:http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewst...

2007-04-07T08:52:00.000-04:00

Rick,

At web page:

http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=50304

the following comment was made regarding the Pope's new book:

"'Pope Benedict has indicated that the book is a personal effort-- not an authoritative doctrinal statement--' written because of 'growing confusion on the identity of Jesus'

"This is perplexing. How is a non-authoritative 'personal effort' going to clear up any confusion? It seems like it will just add fuel to the 'personal interpretation' school of Protestant theology, and euros to the Vatican coffers. To clear up confusion, BXVI has a duty to issue authoritative doctrinal statements."

With all due respect to His Holiness, I agree with that comment and what you have written at your blogsite.

Regards,

Paul P.