Chris Dodson of the North Dakota Catholic Conference Confirms

Pope’s economic teaching turns out to be Catholic.

Cuz he’s, you know, the pope. Turns out you can get a much better sense of what he thinks and believes by reading what he says and comparing it with the Church’s teaching than by listening to panic-stricken Reactionaries who think they are clairvoyants prophecying Doom on the basis of a Really Bad Feeling they once had when they first laid eyes on him. I’ve actually studied this extensively and I can definitely confirm that nowhere in the Church’s teaching does it say that a trickle of peepee down the leg of a Reactionary hysteric is a sign from God that we ignore only at our peril.

I might also add that the Old Testament punishment of stoning for false prophets, though death penalty advocates may salivate at the opportunity to inflict it, is also not practiced by the Church–though some days it has a certain drop dead visceral authenticity that can be tempting when dealing with people running around like their hair is on fire every time the pope say something they think threatens their wallet.

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  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    The Righties are annoyed and horrified at Francis and the Lefties are baffled by him. That alone is a pretty good sign that he’s doing something right.

  • ivan_the_mad

    Not only is the exhortation entirely consistent with the social doctrine, but the assertion that the Church is incompetent in matters economic or merely offering opinion is directly contrary to her teachings:

    41. Yet before proceeding to explain these matters, that principle which Leo XIII so clearly established must be laid down at the outset here, namely, that there resides in Us the right and duty to pronounce with supreme authority upon social and economic matters. Certainly the Church was not given the commission to guide men to an only fleeting and perishable happiness but to that which is eternal. Indeed “the Church holds that it is unlawful for her to mix without cause in these temporal concerns”; however, she can in no wise denounce the duty God entrusted to her to interpose her authority, not of course in matters of technique for which she is neither suitably equipped nor endowed by office, but in all things that are connected with the moral law. For as to these, the deposit of truth that God committed to Us and the grave duty of disseminating and interpreting the whole moral law, and of urging it in season and out of season, bring under and subject to Our supreme jurisdiction not only social order but economic activities themselves. — Quadragesimo Anno

    • You do realize that the quotation you put out includes the statement that the Church is not suitably equipped nor endowed to handle matters of technique, something that is at the heart of the free market complaint against the apostolic exhortation.

      Four signals pass through the market, demand more and less and supply more and less. These four modifications to behavior are all that the market does for each good and service. When you artificially limit one of the signals, as Pope Francis has called for with regard to the labor market, various bad consequences follow. The price drop on salary for various types of labor is a signal. The Pope would like that signal not to be given. The implication is that there must be an alternative to that market signal, but the Pope has not yet articulated one, which puts him into unicorn rainbows and hard rock candy mountain territory because we self-evidently need some mechanism to remove people from economic activity which is no longer needed in such quantities and we don’t have a good one other than the market signal he condemns. This is not a good intellectual stand for a Pope to have.

      He has not committed the Church to promoting an erroneous economic technique, not quite. He has, however, vastly increased the likelihood of several known bad economic techniques being applied because nobody knows a good, efficient substitute for this market signal, and historically the body counts for those who claim to have found one are disturbingly high.

  • faithandfamilyfirst

    How dare the Pope act Catholic. Why, the next thing you know, he’ll be telling us to partake freely of the sacraments, to care for those less fortunate than ourselves, and to actually seek a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When will this madness end?

  • CradleRevert

    Mark, I just recently started reading this blog because I enjoy your articles at NCRegister. However, I’m finding that the constant bitterness and opponent-baiting on this blog to be beyond uncharitable. The crude imagery of this particular post puts it over the top. Catholic discourse deserves better.