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A few days ago, I posted this item, featuring a letter to the local Director of Catholic Social Action with the Cincinnati Archdiocese. I wanted to know why a local Catholic school, Purcell Marian, was allowing a far-right extremist to use their facility to promote his platform. Here are some additional exchanges.
Hi Jason. I just wanted to let you know that our African-American Ministries Office director, Royce Winters contacted the president of Purcell Marian, Al Early, who informed us that Purcell in no way is sponsoring this event either. He agreed to offer them the space for their meeting. While Royce and I would probably both disagree with many of the conclusions of this particular speaker and the 9/12 group, we feel that, unless he promotes a message of racism or violation of other Catholic teaching principles, we are not going to interfere with the group using this space for a meeting at this time. I honestly know very little about the 9/12 group, but if you believe that they have overtly violated Church positions on these matters, please let me know.
Thanks again for the heads up on this.
Director, Catholic Social Action
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Here is my response:
Thanks for your quick responses.
The speaker, as evidenced in the Enquirer article for which I provided a link, has been billed as a “black Tea Party activist.”
The Tea Party believes in a free-market ideology that wants government out of the way of “individual liberty,” but the Catholic church believes governments have a responsibility to provide for the less fortunate. Here is a citation, my bold:
2425 The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with “communism” or “socialism.” She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of “capitalism,” individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor. Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds; regulating it solely by the law of the marketplace fails social justice, for “there are many human needs which cannot be satisfied by the market.” Reasonable regulation of the marketplace and economic initiatives, in keeping with a just hierarchy of values and a view to the common good, is to be commended.
Also, it is widely understood that the Tea Party is opposed not only to President Obama’s version of health reform, but especially to universal health care as it is generally conceived (for example, as a single-payer system). The US Conference of Bishops is on the record supporting universal health care.
They have provided writings from the Vatican on this topic:
As I’m sure you also know, the Catholic Church has taken a stand on the side of immigrants’ rights.
This is a position opposite that espoused by the Tea Party and the 9/12 Project.
I understand there might be a valuable debate about the role of spending in our country’s government—but groups like the 9/12 Project and the Tea Party—which have sponsored this speaker—represent viewpoints on a wide variety of social issues that stand at odds with the position of The Church.
Thanks, again, for your time, and I look forward to your response.
I will continue to keep you updated as this story develops.
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