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Esolen denounces liberal misuse of Catholic social teaching

November 26, 2012

Writing passion and style, Anthony Esolen decries the attempts to justify liberal social engineering by invoking the appeal of Roman Pontiffs for “social justice.”

Claiming that Catholic social teaching justifies the construction of a huge welfare state, Esolen argues, makes as much sense as claiming that Lord Baden-Powell would applaud the vigor of violent urban gangs, or that Michelangelo would defend pornography.


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  • Posted by: joancollins507161 - Nov. 27, 2012 2:46 PM ET USA

    We need more people like Anthony Esolen to speak out against the socialist programs advocated by so many Catholic leaders. As we can see from the last presidential election, Catholics must be educated about the advantages of freedom over the "free stuff" of big government.

  • Posted by: impossible - Nov. 26, 2012 11:36 PM ET USA

    Well said Mr. Esolen. It's high time for other faithful Catholic writers to step up to the plate on the ongoing injustice perpetrated by the USCCB and way too many individual Bishops and Priests. Come Holy Spirit!

  • Posted by: rpp - Nov. 26, 2012 8:16 PM ET USA

    Very thought-provoking. I had not read that commentator before but I was impressed with his clarity of thought and and well reasoned observations. I am certainly sharing this link with my friends, something I rarely do.