Monday, 13 May 2013

Rerum Novarum again

Regular readers will know that Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum has long been a favourite of mine; its unequivocal condemnation of socialist doctrine and of the interference of the State in personal and family life stands the test of years. Yet it not only condemns socialism but corporatism; making wealth is fine, and retaining wealth so that capitalists and their families may live 'becomingly' with their station in life is also fine, but excess and conspicuous consumption, or wealth for power is not. The wealthy have a duty to use any excess of wealth to the benefit of their fellow man. 

Paradoxically, as the Telegraph (£) reports today, the EU's crisis is driving people to reject the authority of the corporatist super-State and reinforcing the authority of the family and the local community. The role of the churches and their charities such as Caritas have also been enhanced and they have gained authority. The Bishops of the European Community are in conference and due to meet in October under the chairmanship of Cardinal Marx. But don't worry. Cardinal Marx supports Marxism in the same way as Cardinal Sin supported Sin. Rather, it is hinted, COMECE will look back to Leo XIII. 

All the gains of the political class and their corporatist allies over the past decades are being washed away like sand by the tide. Europe is turning away from its politicians, bankers and global magnates; their authority is eroded, their status derided, their pretences popularly ridiculed. The Telegraph reports the Archbishop of Toledo as saying that the roots of the debt crisis lie in the "moral disarmament" of the last quarter century. A `get-rich-quick' culture of "stupid consumption" and "deranged indebtment" has corrupted public life. Children have been brought up to wallow in self-gratification. "This is common to the whole of Western Europe. It goes back to the core issues of moral philosophy, of what we are as human beings. It is here that we must search for a way out of the impasse," he said.

11 comments:

Greg Tingey said...

Agree re state/fascist/corporatism.

ONE SLIGHT PROBLEM

The RC church is an unequivocally evil organisation.
It is (obviously) organised religion, attempting to control individual people, fitting them in to a lou;d that they don't match - which is their fault, obvioulsly, not that of the church/party/state/religion.
Well, bollocks to that, too!

And before anyone starts whingeing about communism - remember, that is a religion, too.
Oh, and the RC church insists on having murderers on it's list of saints & approving of them - like Dominic (euw) or Cyril of Alexandria, or .....

Anonymous said...

Greg - just fuck off...

A lot of people (me included) can be happy Christians without participating in your tin foil conspiracy nightmare...


And in this case you are really just shooting the messenger...

Anonymous said...

There is no god.
So it comes down to whether you want your children buggered by a churchman, or a banker.

Anonymous said...

[...]the Archbishop of Toledo as saying that the roots of the debt crisis lie in the "moral disarmament" of the last quarter century. A `get-rich-quick' culture of "stupid consumption" and "deranged indebtment" has corrupted public life. Children have been brought up to wallow in self-gratification. "This is common to the whole of Western Europe. It goes back to the core issues of moral philosophy, of what we are as human beings. It is here that we must search for a way out of the impasse," he said. "

Whether there is a God or no God - that observation is fucking 'immaterial' in more ways than one.

As Simon Heffer once observed, that he personally did not believe in God but that he quite liked living in a society whose values were based in the traditions and morals of Christianity - if you don't like it - fuck off and live in a society run by the Ideologues of Allah.
Whatever you believe or do not believe, the aforementioned quote is a witheringly accurate summary of life not only in Spain but here in Britain.
Our children are fed pap, in the schoolroom, in the mass media and in society - all of the focus is on degrading the newest generation - it's working well.
No values, clueless but believing in the twin Gods of Green and Mammon - now there's the devil.

Is that an improvement - I think not.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile:

In the last ten years more than fifty parish churches have been handed over to the religion of peace™ in South Wales.

They're winning folks, the fat lady is in her dressing room, practising scales, as I write.

Not a shot fired.

Steve

Hilton Gray said...

Well said!

Greg Tingey said...

Anon the first
How brave of you!

Anon 2
"The traditions & morals of christianity"
Let's see.
Killing all the heretics, persecuting the jews (see Luther especially), rejecting reason (Luther again) having murderes & mass murderes as figures to be looked up to (saints) oppressing women - not as bad as islam, but still ... unquestionong obedience to "authority" ... lovely!

Anonymous said...

tinged turkey,

Rest your angry spite because soon enough, you won't have to worry about Christianity. For in its place, something far worse and the very antithesis of Christianity :is already taking over.

Moreover, and Christian haters, cultural Marxists and Socialism will be in part, or wholly responsible.
You gave in, we will fight and at the end - Islam at least respects a warriors death - but you and your allies - the appeasement monkeys will be reserved for the hangman's noose and the cranes.

Anonymous said...

Greg Tingey: "The RC church is an unequivocally evil organisation."

Perhaps I've been reading too much Hitchens (the dead one), but I'm starting to agree with GT more and more lately.

It's a very worrying development


Not one of the prior anonymous posters

Greg Tingey said...

I know a LOT about christianity - because I'm an escaped one, or hadn't you uneducated, unread morons realised that yet?
Isam is no worse than christianity was in 1600, actually.
The intolerance, the mutual schismatic murder, the attempts to impose their lying will on everyone, when not killing each other .....

It's a RELIGION 7 they are ALL LIKE THAT.
Got the message yet?

Cowardly "anonymous" claims I am an "appeaser" - anything but - as a card-carrying atheist, the islamic-fascists would probably regard me as worse than a christian - & they are correct.
I have nothing but contempt for their collection of Dark-Ages camelherders' myths.

P.S. I have personally encountered Hizb-ul-Tahrir (before they were banned in the UK) - & even for religious believers, they were deeply unpleasant people - calling for the killing of Jews, for a start ....

Weekend Yachtsman said...

"All the gains of the political class and their corporatist allies over the past decades are being washed away like sand by the tide."

I wish you were right, but I fear you are not.