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Miami's new archbishop insists on Catholic role in public square

Catholic World News - June 02, 2010

At his installation Mass on June 1, Miami's Archbishop Thomas Wenski said that Catholics should advance Church social teachings "coherently and unapologetically" in public affairs.

The new archbishop warned that a "radically secular world view wishes to reduce faith toe the realm of the private and the subjective." Catholics must resist that pressure, he said, and put forward arguments "that, while founded on the Christian Scriptures, is also accessible to human reason.”

While admitting that Catholic social teaching can seem "quite complex," Archbishop Wenski said that its fundamental thrust can be simply summarized: "No man is a problem."

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jun. 05, 2010 7:11 PM ET USA

    Having been in the public square, I have an update for Abp Wenski, the news hasn't reached it that: God exists, Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of all, that Jesus established a visible Church, etc. We've got a lot of material to cover before we get to up to Catholic social teaching. And let's get an understanding about what actually is CST, does it or doesn't it include taxation to achieve income equality?

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 03, 2010 9:50 AM ET USA

    The attitudes of our American bishops are reflected most clearly and succinctly in WHAT THEY DO and not so much in what they say. Eloquence accomplishes little when the Church itself is not being governed or shepherded.

  • Posted by: Saved by Grace - Jun. 02, 2010 11:16 AM ET USA

    This is great if the bishops can be consistent in what "Catholic social teachings" are. Otherwise, the culture will get the impression that Catholics can pick and choose just as the secular world does. BISHOPS, PLEASE GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER AND SPEEK WITH ONE VOICE!!

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