Friday, February 17, 2012

So Catholic Hospitals Don't Teach Catholicism Huh

Or so the meme is ,and since they are just a "business" they are different according to the supporters of the birth control mandate.

Archbishop Dolan soon to be Cardinal Dolan gave quite a speech in Rome today . I might hit on a few parts of it later. However this part seems apt to this issue at hand :

So, point five: the missionary, the evangelist, must be a person of joy.“Joy is the infallible sign of God’s presence,” claims Leon Bloy.When I became Archbishop of New York, a priest old me, “You better stop smiling when you walk the streets of Manhattan, or you’ll be arrested!”

A man dying of AIDS at the Gift of Peace Hospice, administered by the Missionaries of Charity in Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s Archdiocese of Washington, asked for baptism. When the priest asked for an expression of faith, the dying man whispered, “All I know is that I’m unhappy, and these sisters are very happy, even when I curse them and spit on them. Yesterday I finally asked them why they were so happy. They replied ‘Jesus.’ I want this Jesus so I can finally be happy

.A genuine act of faith, right?

Quite true.

As Pope Benedict as noted:

"The State which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself, would ultimately become a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person—every person—needs: namely, loving personal concern. We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need....
In the end, the claim that just social structures would make works of charity superfluous masks a materialist conception of man: the mistaken notion that man can live ‘by bread alone’ (Mt 4:4; cf. Dt 8:3) – a conviction that demeans man and ultimately disregards all that is specifically human. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter, Deus Caritas Est, n. 28, December 2005


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