Thursday, May 14, 2009

"A Deep Resonance With Catholic Social Teaching"?

In a letter to this year's Notre Dame graduates, the university's President John Jenkins proclaims:

There is much to admire and celebrate in the life and work of President Obama. His views and policies on immigration, expanding health care, alleviating poverty, and building peace through diplomacy have a deep resonance with Catholic social teaching... I look forward to welcoming him to Notre Dame.
Yes, when I think of President Obama's polices, I think to myself "a Catholic natural". Not.

How, in REALITY, does the President measure up on those political matters of greatest importance to the Church, as defined by the words of Pope Benedict to the European People's Party on 30 March 2006?

As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable. Among these the following emerge clearly today:

- protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death;

- recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family - as a union between a man and a woman based on marriage - and its defence from attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different forms of union which in reality harm it and contribute to its destabilization, obscuring its particular character and its irreplaceable social role;

- the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
(emphasis added)

So, do the President's policies really have a "deep resonance" with these "not negotiable" principles of Catholic Social Teaching?

Rich Leonardi answers that question in his post, "Hat trick".

NB: I reached the same conclusion as Rich in a previous post titled "Yet Another "Non-Negotiable" Item ...".

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