Rorate Caeli

Catholics and Politics
Reminders


[I]t is in general fitting and salutary that Catholics should extend their efforts beyond this restricted sphere, and give their attention to national politics. We say "in general" because these Our precepts are addressed to all nations. However, it may in some places be true that, for most urgent and just reasons, it is by no means expedient for Catholics to engage in public affairs or to take an active part in politics.

Nevertheless, as We have laid down, to take no share in public matters would be as wrong as to have no concern for, or to bestow no labor upon, the common good, and the more so because Catholics are admonished, by the very doctrines which they profess, to be upright and faithful in the discharge of duty, while, if they hold aloof, men whose principles offer but small guarantee for the welfare of the State will the more readily seize the reins of government. This would tend also to the injury of the Christian religion, forasmuch as those would come into power who are badly disposed toward the Church, and those who are willing to befriend her would be deprived of all influence.

It follows clearly, therefore, that Catholics have just reasons for taking part in the conduct of public affairs. For in so doing they assume not nor should they assume the responsibility of approving what is blameworthy in the actual methods of government, but seek to turn these very methods, so far as is possible, to the genuine and true public good, and to use their best endeavors at the same time to infuse, as it were, into all the veins of the State the healthy sap and blood of Christian wisdom and virtue.
Leo XIII
Immortale Dei

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2 comments:

Ottaviani said...

Thank you for this timely quote from the "Light in the Heavens"

Anonymous said...

Thank You for the excellent words, Your Holiness.
Since in these United States no genuinely Catholic party exists, much less the probability of a Catholic monarchy in the venerable tradition of St. Louis, this Catholic will be voting for Romney, who, in my eyes, represents the best hope to "infuse, as it were, into all the veins of the State the healthy sap and blood of Christian wisdom and virtue."
That is, the best chance we have at changing the Supreme Court, bringing an end to the scourge of Roe vs. Wade (at a federal level), and at least creating a bulwark against the tide of social ills that liberals would like to "bless" and normalize through our legal system.
Almighty and Compassionate God, mercifully grant wisdom to your people here in the U.S.A. to elect a godly man who will uphold your eternal law.