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A Welfare State is Anti-Catholic

November 7, 2012

“If any man will not work neither let him eat”. II Thess. 3:10

“But a certain man named Ananias, with his wife Saphira, sold a piece of land, and by fraud kept back part of the price of the land, and bringing a certain part of it, laid it at the feet of the apostles.

But Peter said: Ananias, why hath Satan tempted thy heart, that thou shouldst lie to the Holy Ghost, and by fraud keep part of the price of the land…Thou hast not lied to men, but to God.

And Ananias hearing these words, fell down, and gave up the ghost…” Acts 5:1-5

If a welfare state isn’t anti-Catholic, name one European country that has developed a welfare state and retained its Catholicity. Over the post-WWII period, as the state’s intrusion into our lives has grown, so all measures of Catholicity, or even Christianity, have shrunk in proportion. It’s not just an unhappy coincidence, the loss of faith is a consequence of the advance of the welfare state. Which is why, “Judas Iscariot is the patron saint of social justice”, quoting Michael Voris quoting Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

The family is the cell of society according to the Church. That is because a family is the unique, independently self-replicating basic unit of society (two “mothers” or two “fathers” cannot reproduce without the intervention of science; it is not an independent process, which is why gay families are not sustainable).

This is how the process of societal growth and development is supposed to proceed: a child is born and is nurtured by his mother. His father earns a living and provides all the physical necessities of life for the family. Both parents provide the child’s spiritual and psychological necessities, including love of God, knowledge of the Faith and encouragement to leave the hedonism of infanthood; to develop a personality that sees beyond his own immediate needs, looking out to the future and to other people. One of the many lessons is that the child must grow up and seek his own means of income, or be a burden on his family. Each family member knows that the other family members will provide for them in need. What’s more there are other related families who will be willing and able to help in times of extreme need. Also, the elderly family members will be looked after by the younger members and be valued for their wisdom of experience.

It is obvious that this system is a very efficient means of transmitting a work ethic, empathy and a deep faith through the generations. Crucially it leads to the rejection of any socialist snake oil salesmen who have nothing to offer that the family doesn’t already possess. It has a correction mechanism built-in too. Should parents fail to provide the requisite lessons in life, the child will never leave his hedonistic phase successfully, and remain a dependent for his life. However, his potential to reproduce will be near-zero as his antics would be repulsive to any girl reared to expect to be with a financially solvent, responsible man. In a society built on faith, the stigma of illegitimacy would be a high price to pay.

Socialists promise the impossible, i.e. something for nothing. In seeking to usurp the rights of the father and mother they break the link between the generations and prevent the transmission of Faith. Who needs God when the chancellor of the exchequer is the provider? There are no paternal exhortations to prepare for the world of work because fathers can scatter their seed liberally without recourse. The country has been demoralized as a matter of policy, by those who seek to interpose themselves into our lives. They have done this by raising taxes to a level where only a few hundred thousand working people, out of a working population of 31.5 million, can earn enough to be sure they are out of poverty. The rest of us can slide back in any day we lose our poorly paid, highly taxed employment. The entire system is a dysgenic vicious circle.

The Church’s teaching on socialism is unequivocal, e.g.

  • “The socialists, in setting aside the parent and setting up a state supervision, act against natural justice, and destroy the structure of the home.” Rerum Novarum, 1891
  • Socialism…cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth.” Quadragesimo Anno, 1931

 Yet, our bishops always come down on the side of the welfare state whenever there is any talk of cuts to benefits. There are going to be massive cuts to benefits in the coming years because it is a mathematical certainty that there will be insufficient wealth to meet the imputed liabilities of the welfare state, public sector pensions and the costs of the NHS. See flaming Athens for what happens when the government’s marker is called in.

The bishops should preach against tax rates that are at expropriatory levels; at those who live happily at the expense of others; at the sexual licence that encourages single motherhood and a system that makes it financially rewarding; and always, always debt-based money that robs the labourer of his just wage and means all of us could see our nest-eggs go up in a puff of inflationary smoke overnight. Debt-based money is created out of thin air and it goes back into thin air just as easily. When will the Church  get out from under the baleful influence of progressives who promise utopia in this world, but instead keep us on the road to serfdom?

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