Thursday, August 26, 2010

USCCB's Labor Day Statement

Let me preface this by reminding parents of a trick they often used to administer pills to their little ones.  They'd crumble the pills and mix them with applesauce.  The youngsters gobbled the applesauce and the pills with it.  On a more sinister note, that trick has been used in administering poison - and heresy.  Quite often the nefarious elements are served with other things that are benign or perhaps even healthy in and of themselves.  But the deadly deed is being done.

I fear that might be the case with a statement that the USCCB produced for the occasion of the upcoming Labor Day holiday.  It's entitled, "A New Social Contract for Today's New Things".  A big hint of something not being quite right is the word "new".  That word is a favorite in the progressive lexicon.

About halfway through the document is a section called "the market, the state and civil society".  Now I'll quite the probable "poison pill".  "Economic life..needs just laws and forms of redistribution governed by politics, and what it is more, it needs works redolent of the spirit of gift."  Boys and girls, can we all say "socialism"?  Despite all the protests to the contrary, I say "if it looks like a duck and talks like a duck, it's probably a duck"!

Just remember - the USCCB, in and of itself, has no canonical nor teaching authority.  Only the individual bishops have that, as they are in unity with the Holy Father.

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