Politics Unusual

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I was skiing. Really! See there I am, skiing my heart out, far, far, far too busy to post on BadCatholic. But what goes skiing must come back and post, which I understand to be a wise saying, and so watch this.

Jon Stewart is the man. He points out that no one likes the right/left polarization of the media, just as no one likes the right/left polarization of the country. So what’s the answer? Well, in a word, Catholicism. Part of what I love about my religion is that it’s unplugged from the political system; it lives in a healthy sort of disdain for the left and the right. This isn’t because it’s moderate. It’s because the Church is the true center.

Wrapped up in the world of politics, it’s easy to see the views of the Church as some sort of concession between the political parties. But I beg you, don’t think of the Church’s position of being pro-life and against the death penalty as a moderate position, as some sort of compromise between the right and the left. The Church’s position is true, and the right and the left are – though I hate to get all Latin-massy on you – heresies, plain and simple. Capitalism and socialism are both – by the Church – considered evils that treat man either as an economic means or as mere part of a social whole. (To which we say bleaugh.) But the Church’s economic teachings of subsidiarity and distributism are not compromises between the two systems, but the truth that both capitalism and socialism have left behind.

It’s really the difference between finding a religion and finding truth. In our “church-visiting” culture, in which people have told me they “are still looking for a Church that fits me”, the Catholic Church makes the bold claim that you must fit the Church. So it is with politics. The Church does not fit the existing political structure, the existing political structure refuses to fit with the truth the church professes. So, when folks ask you about your politics, let ‘em know: I’m Catholic.

That’s all! Lent she cometh!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10419388491397541832 Annie

    Oh my gosh…. I LOVE this blog! It makes such perfect sense! Thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08718625192749695739 ampaxx

    Quick correction. Distributism is NOT Catholic teaching, it is based on Catholic social teaching. Really just a minor distinction, but an important one. Don't want to say that all Catholic's HAVE to be Distributist, because that's not quite right. I am a Distributist myself, so don't think I'm knocking it. BTW great blog, and that Stewart vid was excellant.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10242150102637794885 michelle

    I ran as a Distributist (yes – I realize it isn't an actual party…yet :])in my government class's mock elections for this very reason – Catholicism just doesn't really fit very well anywhere on the traditional Lockean spectrum. Perhaps it is a bit naive, but I often wonder about the impact that a Catholic party would have on American politics.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04444704944288002925 The Ranter

    Did you read Msgr. Pope's column on this awhile back? Found it:http://blog.adw.org/2011/02/walking-in-the-wide-church-and-staying-within-the-guard-rails/