Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Papal Fallibility

Cartoon from BALOO'S WEBSITE

Ah, the Pope.  Ah, all the Popes! Not to mention all the other clergy, of Catholicism, other Christians, and just about every other religion. In divinity school, or whatever it's called from sect to sect, they must have a required course in anti-economics. They all seem to have a Mother Teresa syndrome, wherein the poor are valued because they're poor, and we're all enjoined to give them stuff to gain merit or something, but never enough, nor in such a way, as to get them to stop being poor. I think there were many such types in Atlas Shrugged, one of Rand's better insights. American Bishops are famous for advocating all kinds of give-away programs for the "poor," and lest we inadvertently run out of the "poor," they also advocate importing, unconditionally, as many poor people from everywhere as possible. Then they can cite statistics describing the consequent increasing poverty, and demand more give-away programs.

And just like all the other left-wing economic imbeciles, they feel morally superior to the rest of us, with our "math" and other cold logical ideas. More morally superior, because they know what God wants, and we don't.

Well, enough ranting. All I know about Catholicism I learned from reading "Bishop Blackie" mysteries and "Brother Sebastian" cartoons, being brought up in a no-man's-land somewhere between Baptist and Quaker. But Kathy Shaidle knows this Catholic stuff from the inside, and here's her evaluation of the current Pope's pronouncements on the evils of capitalism and the coolness of socialism from Hillary to Ché, from Takimag:

The Pope You Will Always Have With You

1 comment:

  1. Well, from this Catholic....

    God save the Pope, but he's just plain wrong. And in my experience, most Catholics who *know* their faith (as opposed to the lesbian social activists intruding on the Church), know that the right to work and receive the fruits of your labor without suffering coercion, is good doctrine and good Christian praxis. They understand that in a just society, this kind of activity rises all ships in the tide... but that, even if it didn't, it would still be good doctrine and good praxis to let people make an honest living without attempting to siphon away the fruit of their labours.

    The Pope is probably too far to the left on the issue, but the general point he's making, is actually correct: in societies where crony capitalism and other vices reign - rampant consumerism and a disposable culture - it is true that real "capitalism" is not occurring, and that "trickle down" economics don't work. Trickle down economics works where there is truly equality under the law, and there is not a mountain of regulation tinkering with outcomes and limiting potential and free exercise.