Pro-Solidarity Paragons of Catholic Social Teaching

Pro-Solidarity Paragons of Catholic Social Teaching

Why is it somehow that, preserved for all time in that great Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching, we are supposed to pay homage to the thuggish, lazy, and illicit power-grabbing of unions?  Aren’t they just the political enemies of the Church?

Cardinal Donald Wuerl has told a gathering of religious and labour leaders that solidarity cannot be taken for granted.

“It is sometimes avoided or even denied because it brings with itself obligations,” the Archbishop of Washington DC said, noting that by the same token there are those who harbour “neglect of and occasional hostility toward solidarity in our social and cultural context”.

Cardinal Wuerl is in full swing for the Leftist FrancisState.  Usually he can just stand back and work his magic.  Why the sudden urgency to become a blatant Democrat operative?

Cardinal Wuerl said: “Solidarity is expressed in works of generosity, forgiveness and reconciliation. Catholic teaching explicitly recognises organised labour as instruments of solidarity and justice. But we cannot take solidarity for granted.”

The cardinal made his remarks at a conference on “Erroneous Autonomy: A Conversation on Solidarity & Faith”, co-sponsored by The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the AFL-CIO, which hosted the event at its headquarters building in Washington.

“What brings fresh urgency to our new evangelisation mission is just how widespread and profound are forces which neglect basic understandings of right and wrong, the common good, the dignity of the human person and our obligations to one another of genuine solidarity,” Cardinal Wuerl said.

“People in this room can point out how these factors have also contributed to a dramatic decrease in union membership in recent years.”

So somehow the enemies of the Faith have caused a drop in union membership?  I thought it was the fact that the state laws stopped enabling them to force workers to pay their protection?

If we’ve learned anything from this latest Faith-crushing manifesto, it’s that encyclicals can be full of lies and worldly policy.  Despite that enormous compendium, isn’t most of so-called Catholic ‘social teaching’ just people twisting, spinning and capitalizing off a handful of relatively recent and somewhat dubious encyclicals?

Labor, yes. Associations, yes. Owners, yes. Managers, yes.

Enormous, coercive, immoral, and anti-Catholic trade unions?  Take the long Catholic view.  Don’t buy the Cardinal’s unholy politicking.







"To my penthouse suites, driver."

“To to humble papal suites quickly, driver.”

Pope Francis has said something again that doesn’t sound right.  Then again, when you think about it, it just sounds really wrong.

If you give the key to your heart to greed, it will leave the door wide open to vanity, arrogance and all of the other vices, squeezing God out of the way, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

This on its face isn’t true.  Greed is one of the seven deadly sins.  Greed is not the worst sin; always giving way to pride or anger, lust or jealousy, etc.  Pope Francis is just making that up.

Wealth isn’t “a statue” that stands inert and has no impact on a person, the pope said June 19 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

“Wealth has the tendency to grow, to move around, to take a place in one’s life and heart,” and once it moves in, fanning the desire to always accumulate more, the heart becomes “corrupted,” he said.

Wealth does not make you want more wealth.  You want more wealth no matter how little you have.  If you are able to gain wealth through hard work, sacrifice, or cunning, then you will be able accumulate it too.  It does not corrupt the heart unless you let it, but it can weigh it down and tempt you to shirk your Christian responsibility, to compromise and sin.  Hence vows of poverty.

Pope Francis is a rich man in every respect.  He has control of billions of dollars and a huge infrastructure at his command.  Every single priest, religious, and employee worldwide is obliged to him.

Pope Francis has power. Isn’t greed simply an inordinate desire for the power to possess or the power to command? If he chooses to live simply and give back it is a good example, but it can’t truly be said that he isn’t rich. So his blanket and indiscriminate attack on wealth is, much like his attack on weapons manufacturers, plain hypocrisy.

The pope focused his homily on the day’s reading from the Gospel of Mark (6:19-23), in which Jesus tells his disciples to “not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,” but rather “store up treasures in heaven,” because “for where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”

Pope Francis said that deep down, people’s search for more is rooted in a desire for a sense of security, but there is a high risk that person will become a slave of wealth, accumulating it only for oneself and not in order to serve others.

If greed were rooted in a sense of security than it’s also cowardice.  But greed isn’t cowardice.  Cowardice is.

Soon, any sense of security gives way to vice and division, even in the family, he said, according to Vatican Radio.

This is gibberish.  ‘Any sense of security gives way to vice and division?’

“Also the root of war lies in this ambition that destroys, corrupts,” as so many wars are being fought because of “greed for power, for riches,” he said.

So if I’m cozy in my blanket until 6am, I’m inevitably causing war?  My security is my greed and my greed is my possessions, therefore the killing?  Is there some point to the Pope’s endless smoke and rambling about people having things and liking them?

It’s a war that can be raging in one’s own heart, he said, “because greed keeps going, keeps moving forward,” stringing the person along a path of vice one step at a time.

Greed “opens the door, then comes in vanity — to think you’re important, to believe you’re powerful — and, in the end, pride, and from there all the vices, all of them,” he said.

Greed is the king of every sin and its cause lies not in the heart but in the wealth you possess?

This FrancisChurch theology is really just all about money and power, not Jesus.





Serene Dr. Woo in her Dear Leader suit with a very mopey Jesus and Mary in the corner

Serene Dr. Woo in her Dear Leader suit with very mopey Jesus and Mary in the corner

Dr. Carolyn Woo, former Notre Dame Business School Dean and now head of Federal bureaucratic agency, Catholic Relief Services, was supposed to have been integral to the Pope’s enormous Global Warming Manifesto.

She was present and spoke at it’s unfortunate release.

Pope Francis asks us a very simple question in his encyclical: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”

Surely this question resonates with almost everyone. It resonates with me as a mother and as someone who draws on business as a partner to eliminate poverty and as an educator of business practitioners. It is from the perspective of business that I speak today.

Business school academics know all about business, yes?  College historians know history, and most economists know how people live and work too.

Pope Francis poses other questions: “What is the purpose of our life in this world? Why are we here? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts?” Those answer are akin to the mission and vision statements businesses formulate to define themselves, to gain legitimacy from society, commitment from employees, and support from customers.

How is it that the Vicar of Christ himself must pose these questions?   Are not the answers to these questions the essence of the Christian Faith?  According to Dr. Woo, the ‘answers’ are the visions and missions statements that businesses worldwide have yet to create.

So, the most profound truths of our existence will be determined by corporate boards, then screened for compliance with the UN-FrancisChurch officials, I expect.  Is this Catholicism or some descending cage?

As businesses strive to find those answers, they should realize that the message of this encyclical to the business world is a profoundly hopeful one. It sees the potential of business as a force for good whose actions can serve to mitigate and stop the cumulative, compounding, catastrophic effects of climate change driven by human actions.

Did you see that?  Five ‘C’ words.  It’s not science but it’s scary.

One of the principal themes in this encyclical is that all life on this planet is bound together via three fundamental and intertwined relationships: with God, our neighbors and the earth. When one of these relationships is damaged, then the others are, too. So there is a connection between how we treat the planet and how we treat the poor, our neighbors. As Pope Francis puts it, we do not have two separate crises, social and economic, but “one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.”

This contrived trinity of God, earth, and mankind is not some principle.  It’s just a trap, a net to bind men so tightly with the Prince of this World that piety and virtue become extinct.  High can we fly to Heaven while our planetary rulers move to subjugate us to the Earth?

Don’t let them throw a rope around Christ’s Church and pull it down.