Catholic League president Bill Donohue
reports that the pope’s new encyclical, Charity in
places the Holy Father to the left of President Barack Obama on
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Catholics to “Suggest to your pastor that he give a homily
highlighting the Pope’s reflections on social justice and the
good.” Notice what was excluded: the pope’s thoughts on the
of human life, bioethics, the indiscriminate acceptance of all
lifestyles, sexuality as a form of entertainment, the role of
religion in the public square, etc. It is hardly surprising that
left-wing Catholics do not want to highlight these issues, but
ironies run even deeper.
In his encyclical, the pope says that
for life” [his italics] is “an aspect which has acquired
increasing prominence in recent time, obliging us to broaden our
concept of poverty….” Are the pope’s new fans prepared to think
abortion as a poverty issue?
The best way to service the poor, according
pope, is not to create bureaucratic monstrosities that cripple
dignity of the indigent. “By considering reciprocity as the heart
what it is to be a human being, [the principle of] subsidiarity
the most effective antidote against any form of all-encompassing
welfare state.” Similarly, the pope admonishes us not to promote
“paternalist social assistance that is demeaning to those in
In other words, the tried and failed, dependency-inducing welfare
programs that mark the social policy prescriptions of the poverty
industry are seen by the pope as a disaster. Not exactly what
who work for HHS want to hear.
Finally, when the pope slams greed and
a market economy shorn of moral principles, he is hardly
most of those who champion the rights of the unborn. But some
stereotypes are hard to break.