Thursday, July 09, 2009

The Prophetic Confiteor
It took less that 24 hours before the Liberals bit

Here's some of the article from NewsBusters.org; (Emphasis mine) AP, Reuters Go Full Tilt in Spinning Latest Writing of Pope
By Matthew Balan

Two major wire services- AP and Reuters- cherry picked excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical (a teaching document of the Catholic Church) on Tuesday to support left-wing economic and political positions, and all but ignored the pontiff’s traditional stances on the family, bioethics, and the environment. The AP also went so far to bring up “the state of the Vatican’s own [financial] books.”

Both Philip Pullella, who regularly writes about the Pope and the Vatican for Reuters, and the AP’s Nicole Winfield zeroed in on paragraph 67 of the encyclical, which is titled “Caritas in Veritate,” or “Charity in Truth,” which was released was signed by the Bishop of Rome on June 29, and released on Tuesday. In this paragraph, to use Pullella’s lede, “Pope Benedict…called for a ‘world political authority’ to manage the global economy.” Winfield put it this way near the beginning of her article: “In the third encyclical of his pontificate, Benedict pressed for reform of the United Nations and international economic and financial institutions to give poorer countries more of a say in international policy.”

While Pope Benedict did call for a “world political authority” and a “reform of the United Nations,” both authors (not to mention spectators on the left and the right) missed the context of this call. Later in his article, Pullella speculated that “the pope appeared to back government intervention ‘in correcting errors and malfunctions’ in the economy, saying ‘one could foresee an increase in the new forms of political participation, nationally and internationally.’” But this “government intervention” would not go so far to the level of a micromanaging/centrally-planning regime, if one goes by the pontiff’s own words in the encyclical.

Earlier in the document, in paragraph 57, Benedict forwarded the principle of “subsidiarity,” which has a clear meaning in Catholic social teaching. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “the principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies…. In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, neither the state nor any larger society should substitute itself for the initiative and responsibility of individuals.” The pope applied this in the context of the theme of the encyclical.
Confiteor got it right a few posts ago when he said that this particular encyclical should be read in it's entirety before comments are made.

Matthew Balan just pointed out not only how foolish the AP and Reuters are, but how predictable they are.

3 Comments:

Blogger Greta said...

Something the leftist did not seem to find in this encyclical

"Caritas in veritate", said Benedict XVI, "does not seek to offer technical solutions to the enormous social problems of the modern world. ...What it does do is recall the fundamental principles that are indispensable for building human development over coming years". Among these principles it highlights "concern for the life of man, seen as the centre of all true progress; respect for the right to religious freedom; ... and the rejection of a Promethean vision of human beings which sees them as the sole architects of their own destiny".

yes, life is still it with the Pope and those who favor abortion start out with a non starting position. When they figure out how to do social justice issues for the dead infants while still supporting continuing to murder them, I will be impressed.

However, I do wish the leaders of the Catholic Church would speak in plan language that could be understood in a way that did not leave everyone free to find their own niche to hang on as church teaching. God seemed to manage to get things down in clear sentences on two stone tablets. Of course that did not work out to good for mankind either as I see on reflection. "thou shalt no kill" seems to need a lot of wiggle room.

1:05 PM  
Blogger chestertonian said...

Astonishing, how people (right and left - did you see George Weigel's idiot comments?) can give a complete analysis of an encyclical this complex before the ink is even dry.

Its like, they scour it for what supports "me and my tribe" and jettison the rest.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Al said...

Am I surprized at how the media has spun this? NO!

Am I surprized they ignored what he said about abortion & other life issue? NO!

Am I surprized that they ignored the fact that the opening of the encyclical was another salvo against relativism? NO!

Am I sorprized that they ignore the fact that he makes it clear this doesn't offer any technical solutions? NO!

Am I surprized they miss what was really said completely & twist it to fit their agenda? NO!

7:45 AM  

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