Leftist Catholic Scholars to John Boehner: You're no Catholic if you Don't Agree with Bankrupting the Nation

by the Left Coast Rebel

What kind of crap is this? The true blurred delineation of the separation of church and state exists on the Religious Collectivist Left:

(Think Regress)House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will give the commencement address at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Ahead of the visit, dozens of faculty members from the school and other other Catholic universities are writing to Boehner — who is himself an observant Catholic — challenging his willingness to “gut” social programs while protecting “new tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.”

What must these Catholic Scholars Collectivist Handout-Hacks Hiding Behind Religion think of the founding vision of our nation? The Don't Tread on Me ethos? The freedom to pursue happiness without the boot of government on one's neck?

What do you want to bet that these Catholic profs are communists? Imagine what they think of someone like me that wants to slash every federal department (unlike Boehner) by 75%? What about unfunded entitlement spending that threatens to enslave future generations?

The religion of the Religious Left is socialistic government and income redistribution. And yes, the disease of collectivism has invaded the church in America -- I've seen it with my own eyes here in California.

Via Memeorandum.


  1. Great post. You beat me to it.

    Stephen Schneck is spearheading this Marxist initiative. Interesting post here: http://www.osv.com/tabid/7621/itemid/7010/Is-the-tea-party-movement-in-sync-with-Catholic-te.aspx

    Look at the poll results. Hilarious.

    These social justice Christians who are so keen on bankrupting the future...I wonder if they've read Proverbs 13:22

  2. Thanks, RK, good info there...feel free to add to this post or update it, I can cross post to RK as well.

  3. They don't see it as 'hiding' behind religion. Many Catholics, especially in the tradition of the working class or having come from it, see helping the poor as essential to good governance.

    They would say they aren't 'hiding' but rather manifesting God's love for humanity. This is less of a focus on Christ as Son of Man, and more as Son of God as seen in Luke.

    Remember that the Catholic church was a mighty institution that outlasted its origins in the Roman empire and for a long time preserved authority and legitimacy.

    I think it's incorrect to slander their motives. They are continuing an ancient tradition of the strong helping the poor. I understand how you see this as vile, or short sighted. But they do not - for them, it is the very essence of the mighty to help the weak. It's not a financial mindset. Their motives needn't be assaulted.

  4. ...flies in the face of another principle of Catholic social teaching — the principle of subsidarity. With good reason, this is something the Catholic Left — or whatever remains of it these days — rarely mentions or grapples with, because they know that it would raise many questions about the prudence of any number of welfare programs they support.


    Subsidiarity is an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority.


  5. Arctor: Thanks for the comment, RightKlik above mentions a scripture, as follows:

    Proverbs 13:22 (New International Version)

    A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

    The financial crisis that we face as a nation is nothing short of the ultimate tool to steal the future wealth of future generations. Our federal government's entitlement is not compassionate. It creates poverty in perpetuity. It enslaves generations to a mentality that they often cannot escape. And it has bankrupted us.

    Also, I am not one to believe that forced charity, by government edict and at the barrel of a gun is compassionate or charitable either.

    Shame on these Catholic scholars for their ignorance of the history of socialism.

  6. @Arctor

    Fr. Robert A. Sirico points out that one of the biggest errors in this letter from Catholic academics at Catholic University is that the signatories slander John Boehner and the motives of all who advocate for a smaller Federal government:

    “Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress...”

    "...particularly cruel to pregnant women and children..."

    Surely they know what the American Bishops stated in their own 1986 Pastoral Letter, “Economic Justice for All” : “There are also many specific points on which men and women of good will may disagree. We look for a fruitful exchange among differing viewpoints.”

    Surely they recall the statement of Blessed John XXIII in Mater et Magistra that, “When it comes to reducing these teachings to action, it sometimes happens that even sincere Catholic men have differing views. When this occurs, they should take care to have and to show mutual esteem and regard, and to explore the extent to which they can work in cooperation among themselves.” (no. 238)

    And then there is that passage in Pope Benedict’s most recent social encyclical Caritas in Veritate: “The Church does not have technical solutions to offer.” (no. 9)


  7. RightKlik - THANK YOU for bringing Fr. Sirico in...he is one of the voices of what Catholic scholars are becoming and is well worth following.

    In our generation (the younger generation) these far Left Catholic scholars will become a dying breed. They are already becoming more scarce as the Catholic hierarchy starts reigning in the misinterpretations of Catholic Social Ethics that flourished in the 70s and 80s.


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