7 thoughts on “REFLECTION: Will Pope Francis challenge the U.S. bishops?

  1. There is another principle which the US bishops left out: the option for peace and nonviolence. Together with the universal destination of the goods of creation, it needs to be added to any catechesis on Catholic Social Teaching.

  2. As a non-Catholic on the Pax Christi list, I just want to note that we have here a good example of Catholic-speak. Several terms here are not used in the wider world, and so I wind up pretty clueless as to what is being communicated.

  3. I can see an argument for including Universal Destination of Goods as a theme of Catholic Social Teaching, but not if it is code for equal outcomes as it seems to be here.
    The USCCB spells out a political agenda every four years in the pamphlet Faithful Citizenship. Reading through it I don’t see that it aligns particularly well with either party. The charge that the USCCB became more conservative as the appointees of Pope John Paul II took over is a fair one but his appointees wrote the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church too so that doesn’t explain why the USCCB would place less emphasis on distributive justice.
    As for Occupy Wall Street, that movement proved so intellectually bankrupt that in the end even most liberals distanced themselves from it.

  4. Karl Marx had a good description of “Distributive Justice”; “…from each according to his ability; to each according to his need”.

    1. I seem to recall that the New Testament describes early Christian communities in a similar way.

  5. I agree with John Donaghy’s comment re the need for more emphasis on peace and nonviolence. How about Pacem in Terris? That is certainly Catholic sicial teaching, but the patriotic and militaristic bug as represented by the dominant Catholic men’s organization seems to be favored by many church leaders.

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