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Catholic Democrats did go a little batty when Acton’s founder Father Robert Sirico published something called “Who is John Galt?” in which he suggested that, without noticing it herself, Ayn Rand had made John Galt a Christ-figure. The Catholic left dutifully reported that Sirico sees Galt as a Christ-figure, which he never did. Of course this make Father Sirico and Acton the worst kinds of libertarians. By the way, faithful Catholics like philanthropists Frank Hanna and Sean Fieler are on the Acton board.


All modern Popes have warned us of the excesses of capitalism. Capitalism, like anything else, is good when used for its intended purpose and can become evil when misused. It is probably true that much of the grinding poverty of Latin America comes from abuses of Capitalism. The Pope needs to educate himself on this subject. He needs to distinguish between mature, balanced free market economies, which are tremendous wealth generators and lift people out of poverty, and slimy oligarchies that can sometimes rise to the fore, distort true free markets and distort the free market so that the weatlhy skim the cream without generating jobs.

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If readers wish to ignore De Romano Pontifice , , that 8767 s their choice, but it wouldn 8767 t be an honest choice. Moreover, one need not have foreknowledge in the strict sense to affirm with confidence that the Vicar of Christ will not lead the faithful into error. For Catholics who possess and exercise the theological virtue of faith would concur with St. Robert Bellarmine on this important ecclesiological question.

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Let 8767 s stop reading people out of the Church because of their political beliefs. The Church is big enough to accommodate the entire political spectrum. We need to be open to other points of view.
The devil is adept at using both liberals and conservatives to accomplish his ends. God is our only true judge. We cannot know people 8767 s hearts.
Yes, those who promote abortion, doctor assisted suicide or sham marriage have read themselves out of the Church. Nevertheless, even they can still repent and start promoting the truth that the Church teaches.

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«Now, in , St. Robert says 8775 not-X is possible 8776 [ boldface added, and you distort what he actually says ], and you think this means that he asserts 8775 not-X 8776 . [ No I do not! More gross distortion on your part. ] This is exactly the error you think I 8767 m making [ You 8767 ve committed numerous errors, but I don 8767 t think that that is one of them. ],
Then, you look at and create the flawed argument:
If X, then Y.
therefore, not -Y. [ Again, gross distortion on your part. I haven 8767 t posted a fallacious argument of that type. Here you 8767 re guilty again of the fallacy of straw man. ]

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8775 Kindergarten grasp of economics and weather science 8776 seems to be what you have, certainly not Francis. You believe that sound economics consists of kneeling at the altar of maximum efficiency and output. It is actually not a science st all, just a self-informing system of logic, controlled by elites. On the other hand, weather and atmosphere are independently measurable, a natural science. You most likely would support any new science-based endeavor based on the hyping of a large corporation with inherent interest. So what interest exactly do the meteorologists of the world have, in stopping your wheels from turning, that they would conspire en masse, to determine the greenhouse effects of carbon emissions?

Praise the Lord! Personally I had felt that consumers had already learned to navigate the 8775 managed care 8776 mess, but who can dispute that there needed to be a harness placed on the providers? Because they were under financial pressure, and who would be the first to die? So these guys can talk about their bureaucratic death committees all they want, but the fact is that such committees existed before ACA, in the horrid little call centers of the so-called health managers.

Regarding 7, what one wants to be the case does not determined what is actually the case. In certain contexts, the term “probable” (as in statistical probability) is used to signify nothing other than what is possible, which excludes neither more likely nor less likely. In the present context, however, the term “probable” is used to signify something more than mere possibility, but not a probability as high as 6, that is, 655%.

There are other ways to merge the worst of those extremes. What Catholics should work for is what has been shown to have the power to create more wealth for more people than anything else has in the history of the world: The combination of freedom, democracy, free enterprise regulated no more than necessary so a healthy tension between the interests of labor and business is sustained, where entrepreneurs have incentive to invest in job-providing businesses and unions have the ability to obtain a living wage and safe, humane working conditions.

8775 In the fight against abortion, same-sex marriage, and pornography, libertarianism is the
enemy. 8776 Is that so Mr. Ruse? The non-aggression axiom is central to libertarianism, and because force is justified only in self-defense, and because it is wrong to threaten or initiate violence against a person or his property, and because killing is the ultimate form of aggression that, to be consistent, libertarians should be opposed to abortion.

Yes, and it begins with the bishops who in far too many cases are shills for the Dems and then the slime oozes downhill into Catholic Relief Services, The Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Charities USA. The the slime, in as much an unadulterated form, seeps into the crevices of our women religious orders that espouse the sodomite, social justice, women as priest, and Obama for President BS. Then it enters our parishes through half-baked DRE 8767 s and Kumbaya music ministers. The slime is all around us. Careful not to step in it.

There is a special horror attached to the Third Reich, because those were 75 th century Europeans, Christians, and in many ways the smartest, most civilized people on Earth. But the Holocausts do not prove that Whites are worse than other people, just that they are no better. The history of the Third Reich also proves that with the right formula of economic blowup, misery and humiliation, sparked by charismatic evil, no people are immune to such horror, at no time.

Speaking of minding one 8767 s 8775 own damn business, 8776 8776 how rude would it be to ask her if she 8767 s married? As I understand the account, she 8767 s married and has bought her own health care through ACA. I have friends who did the same and got slightly better coverage at half the cost. Why are you assuming this woman is having her medical coverage paid for by 8775 married people with children 8776 or that she needs to 8775 get our of your wallet 8776 ? What an utterly absurd and antii-social interpretation! Do you want her or her unborn child to suffer? Does that accord with your views on protecting the unborn? It sounds to me as though the pregnant woman is behaving responsibly and showing admirable independence. As an aside, I have to wonder how quick you 8767 d be to claim every $ of help you could get if you or a loved one needed it for medical benefits.

Wealth, for me, and most conservatives, is pursuing the means to take care of one 8767 s human needs and not eschewing the obligation to assist those in need. It just so happens that conservatives the free market types are better at assisting those in need than are those on the left who are against free and open markets. Lastly, the Gospels do say something about pursuing wealth over and above the pursuit of heaven/ the spirit.

It isn 8767 t a question of whether St. Robert believed a pope WOULD lead the faithful astray, but whether he COULD do it, and it 8767 s clear that he did believe this. There is nothing ludicrous in believing that we are now faced with just such a situation, unless you willfully close your eyes to what is coming out of Rome these days.
St, Paul did foresee apostasy, but he also knew where to place the blame. (Gal. 7: 66-69)

It is true and not to be doubted that nobody, including the Pope, can destroy the Church. It is also true and not to be doubted that the Pope cannot err as Supreme Pontiff. That is what the Church teaches. But she does not teach that a pope cannot harm the Church, or lead faithful Christians into error.
It may be that the Pope cannot err as a private person, but this is a pious opinion, not a doctrine demanding any degree of assent, and it can 8767 t be proven true it can however, be proven false if there is evidence that he has in fact acted or spoken contrary to the official teachings of the Church, to which he is bound as much as any other of the faithful. Further, if thes words or actions cause harm to the Church, or (what is the same thing) lead the faithful away from the truth, then he can and should be resisted.

Personally I am a Catholic and believe that following Catholic teaching will save the world, and not the liberal social ideas of the Democrat Party, nor will the liberal economic ideas of the Republican Party ill save the world. I do wonder though when someone claims they support a 8775 smaller government and less regulation and market solutions 8776 why they support the Republican Party when all Republican administrations, including the canonized Ronald Reagan, have enlarged the government, introduced more regulation, and practiced crony capitalism. I can see why they wouldn 8767 t support the Democrat Party, which I certainly don 8767 t myself, but the Republicrats?

They couch their arguments in Catholic Social Teaching the common good, political community, love for the poor, subsidiarity. They compare this over against libertarianism a radical individualism where each man sets and makes his own course that—damn all the rest—leads to his flourishing unless the heavy hand of the state interrupts it. Above all—to radical individualists—the State is the Enemy. Except some of what these people call libertarianism, isn’t.

Good point. The best public authorities to specify goals, plans, and methods are those close to the action, especially those who will be directly affected one way or the other by the outcome. As in every other sphere of life, everyone is conservative about the things he knows best. The 6965s governmental optimism which permeates Populorum Progressio does not elevate the omniscience of government to an article of faith, but many misread it that way.

How about this, after Ferguson they all sat around wondering why black kids are messed up. Well, the fact is they decided to make every poor unskilled mother leave home and work at minimum wage jobs, instead of paying the paltry welfare costs. Instead, the government was forced into child care granting. So they depress wages for other workers, pay more to remove mothers from children These are your so-called pro-family people!