Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Some concrete recommendations, please?

Zenit: US Bishops Call for Good Jobs, Wages for All
Address New Social Contract in Labor Day Message

The prelate acknowledged that "it is not the role of the Church to propose a concrete economic blueprint for the future," but he added that "the words of Pope Benedict should remind us that a key, perhaps the key, to overcoming the current economic situation is to unleash the creative forces of men and women."

Is our corporatist National government really going to heed the words of the US bishops? Can anyone explain to me what Bishop Murphy expects to result from this statement? Laying out general principles is insufficient--if one is to be effective one must also point to concrete violations of those principles. How about the off-shoring of industry and jobs, the easy mobility of capital, and so on?
The chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development offered six criteria "to evaluate policies and institutions" and to move forward "at a time of economic distress and uncertainty."

These criteria included: respect for human life and dignity, subsidiarity and solidarity, respect for marriage and family life, priority for the poor and vulnerable, recognition of cultural diversity, and the right to economic initiative and productive work.
I don't think these six criteria, if they are laid out just like this, give sufficient guidance. They must be elaborated through political theology. Maybe this is what lay activists should be doing, but I think the U.S. bishops would be able to achieve more if they learned about sustainability. Then there would be an added impetus to focus on the evangelization of their own dioceses, as relocalization could become an important component of exercising charity towards one's neighbors.

the document

John Médaille, Neo-Feudalism and the Invisible Fist

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