Legislating Morality

According to the secular press, Christians should never bring their religious beliefs into political debate, because you can’t (or shouldn’t) legislate morality.

Unless, of course, you’re saying things that agree with secular/New Age values.

A Vatican document called for the gradual creation of a world political authority with broad powers to regulate financial markets and rein in the “inequalities and distortions of capitalist development.” The document said the current global financial crisis has revealed “selfishness, collective greed and the hoarding of goods on a great scale.” A supranational authority, it said, is needed to place the common good at the center of international economic activity. –Catholic News Service (H/T: Citizen Tom)

Selfishness is a sin. Greed is a sin. The Vatican (mostly) gets the disease right –greed. How “hoarding things” fits into this list of evil sins, though, I’ve no idea. When you save for retirement, aren’t you just “hoarding things?” No preparing for disasters out there, either –that’s “hoarding,” and we simply can’t have it!

Where the Vatican goes wrong is where everyone is going wrong right now, including the Occupy-whatever folks, and Mr. Denninger over at Market Ticker. The solution to this problem is not more government.

What makes the [Council] think that ‘global’ leaders will succeed where so many national ones have failed? It is a shame this document is based more on sentimental political hopes for world government than on actual experience and expertise of financial markets. –Acton

But deeper than this there is another problem at the root of what the Vatican says is the solution: social justice. Social justice will never lead to justice, nor will it ever lead to peace, because social justice is simply robbing one person to give to another under the auspices of the government power. Theft never leads to peace, no matter how hard anyone might wish otherwise.

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