CHRIST & NEIGHBOR
John C. Cort
CHRIST AND NEIGHBOR
Christ and Neighbor
Any efficient democracy must operate on the principle of subsidiarity, and this holds true in the economic as well as the political sphere.
CHRIST and NEIGHBOR
You can’t go on forever piling up budget deficits, corporate indebtedness, trade deficits, Third World debt. We are living in a fool’s paradise.
The popular consensus method, like so much of modern life and culture, has its roots in 18th-century romanticism, and in Rousseau.
Michael Harrington was an eloquent, attractive leader and lucid thinker. Even those who disagreed with him found it almost impossible not to love him.
Although Waugh's opinions on almost every subject, including religion, appalled him, Galbraith could not stop himself from loving Waugh's style.
Good congregational singing and good homilies are important to the quality of the church service. Protestants are way ahead of Catholics on these.
John Paul II's encyclical repeatedly stresses the fact that "the Church's social doctrine adopts a critical attitude towards both liberal capitalism and Marxist collectivism."
In decades past there was a reluctance on the part of Latin American Christians committed to “a preferential option for the poor" to criticize the Soviet Union.
A people, such as the Russians, who have produced and who still honor writers like Gorki, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy deserve to be regarded with respect.
The events of the Philippine Revolution of 1986 show that nonviolence, powered by prayer, can work and should be given every opportunity to work.
The people of the USA are unwilling to make the right to a job a top priority and to get up the money to pay for it, even though they can easily afford to do so.
There’s something about writing a column that leads to arrogance. The temptation is strong and few resist it.
Vertical religion and horizontal religion are parts of an integral whole. You go up by going sideways, and you go best sideways by focusing upward.
I fantasize that some contemporary Nathan the Prophet might chat with the President, not about sins like adultery and murder but about social sins. I’m afraid a Catholic bishop would not be right for the part.
If churches change their stand on homosexuality, then they should also change their stand on premarital sex and extramarital sex, also known as adultery.
Many cannot bring themselves to believe in Hell, which Christ tells us repeatedly (40 times) is an essential part of his religion.
Contemporary socialism of the democratic, Western European form hasn’t yet eliminated all its sharp edges.
Don’t believe the talk that unions have had their day, that the trend from blue-collar to more white-collar and service jobs has spelled their doom in the U.S.
A curious schizophrenia afflicts the corporate body of American Catholic institutions when it comes to the question of how to deal with a trade union.
The U.S. could have weaned Nicaragua away from the Soviets by the exercise of a little good neighborliness and the avoidance of a large amount of international immorality.
The resistance of American workers to communist domination of their trade unions was based on something far more solid than anti-communist hysteria.
A real difficulty with the bishops’ pastoral letter on the U.S. economy is the ignorance and apathy of both laity and clergy.
Liberation theologians, Catholic and Protestant but mostly Catholic, have been a major factor in struggling against poverty in Latin America.
America is ripe to accept the Christian-Catholic view of work and economics, once it fully learns to understand and appreciate it.
Among the industrial nations of the West, only the U.S. has had no democratic socialist party of national significance, nor a party to speak for the labor movement.
I believe that there is room for the faithful doubters in the Catholic Church, but only so long as they can transcend their doubts and accept the Creed.
How can good-hearted people, whose hearts bleed for peace and for poor people, not feel the excruciating pain of the child who is destroyed in the womb?
Jesus tells us to be anxious about others, and he promises that if we are anxious about others first, then we need not be anxious about ourselves, for all these things will be added unto us.
Justice is an essential ingredient of love; love is not complete unless — to switch the metaphor — it is built on a foundation for social justice.
The question remains for us, how do we obey the precept, the commandment to share our superfluous goods with the poor?
Back in the 1920s Pope Pius XI said, “The great scandal of the nineteenth century was that the Church lost the working class.”
- Karl Keating