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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Casseroles and the opposite of subsidiarity

I am grateful to a student in my seminar for this example of what Catholic social doctrine discourages, viz., a state that, if I may paraphrase the recent encyclical, bureaucratizes (and thereby reduces) personal charity.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/28/AR2006112801583.html

In Fairfax County, Virginia, soup kitchens aren't what they used to be, because the county decided not to concede power it wrongly assumes is its own to concede or not.  The Christians in the county appear to be appropriately dismayed, but they remain unable legally to do what the Gospel invites. 


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