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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Pope is NOT A Marxist, Subsidiarity

The Catechism of Catholic Church explains Subsidiarity, the political principle of decentralization.It is an essential part of Church teaching re the relationship of the individual to the state and society at large:
1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good."7
1884 God has not willed to reserve to himself all exercise of power. He entrusts to every creature the functions it is capable of performing, according to the capacities of its own nature. This mode of governance ought to be followed in social life. The way God acts in governing the world, which bears witness to such great regard for human freedom, should inspire the wisdom of those who govern human communities. They should behave as ministers of divine providence.
1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.
NOTE 3 key parts:
  • excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative
  • the internal life of the lower order(locally,individually)is more important
  • Those who govern should respect true human freedom and behave as ministers of divine providence(acknowledge who's in charge)
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