February 25, 2008

Social Justice Distortions

A lot of CINO’s (Catholics in Name Only) if they hang onto anything regarding church teaching, will frequently say: "I like the Catholic Church for its social justice teachings." Or, "I’m fully on-board with the church’s social justice issues as they mean the right of workers to organize but anything else I barely follow or I don’t." I’ve known people who converted to Catholicism solely because of, not what the Catholic social justice teachings really are, but what they think they are or what they think they should be. These same people reject pretty much everything else the Church teaches because it’s contradicts what they entered the church for in the first place. If they think it’s an offense against social justice for people to be denied Communion, no matter their sinful state, then they roll with that. Regardless of whether or not there is irrefutable public evidence that the person approaching Communion is unworthy, if their social justice position is that it's wrong to exclude anyone then it’s not right that anyone is denied.

What these folks fail to realize, and I know because I used to be one of them, is you can’t do an evil in the name of social justice. You can’t look the other way when something is wrong and call that social justice. You also can’t use evil to create “social justice”

A lot of social justice fans think abortion should be allowed because it’s a social justice issue. They will say it’s unfair to “force” someone to have a child when they can’t afford it. It’s better that the child is killed before it’s born. Or, the church should allow condoms and abortificants to be distributed, and not say anything about the possible loss of human life that may result, just because it can be a social justice issue. Never mind the fact that many of us may ask: “Where’s “justice” for the unborn child in this equation?”

Or, we should allow the elderly and infirm to be killed, by their hand or their doctors, because it’s too much of a social justice issue to expect us as a society to pay for their care. They are suffering and they are useless anyway. Why prolong their “suffering” and, more importantly, ours? Our “compassion” on their behalf takes too much money from the stuff that really matters; such as, my ability to buy something I can’t live without: like a plasma T.V.

In the name of social justice we should look the other way when people are here illegally. I wonder if the same folks who say that would look the other way if they saw a robbery in progress? Crime is crime. I have sympathy for people that flee their countries for a better life but my sympathy ends when they refuse to go through the proper channels. My Grandparents immigrated from Poland . They went thru Ellis Island like everyone else of the time. They had the appropriate forms and paperwork for the time. The other ½ of my family was here already-since I’m partially Native American. There’s a part of me that thinks you can all leave. LOL!

Classic social justice for CINOs is usually: the right of workers to unionize, and a just wage. In recent days, the social justice umbrella has come include acceptance of gay “marriage” and acceptance of homosexual acts.

Catholic social doctrine DOES say workers have the right to organize and they have the rights to a just wage. However, somewhere along the line, stuff started to be added to the social justice movement that does not have ANY basis in the reality of Catholic teaching must less Catholic social teaching.

I have better odds of having a private dinner with the Holy Father then I do of seeing the Catholic church suddenly decide one day that they are going to add acceptance of contraception, abortion, masturbation, homosexual acts, gay “marriage” to the list of things you must accept to be a Catholic in good standing all in the name of “social justice”

It’s tragic that so many Catholics throw the phrase “social justice” around but they have no idea of what that actually means any more than what calling yourself a Roman Catholic actually means. Social justice, rather than being defined by the Church, as with many dissident beliefs, ends up being defined by the individual.


Blogger Ma Beck said...

Ohhhhhhhhh, Cath.

I was just reading some Screwtape where he talks about social justice.

I'll post it later.
It's brilliant.

Great post, BTW.

(And you CANNOT have "justice" for me and not justice for the weakest, most innocent in the land. That's not justice - it's INJUSTICE.)

Social justice - harumph.

February 26, 2008 4:27 AM  

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