Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It is important to note that when the “trustee” family is strongest, the state is at it’s weakest or smallest. This is primarily because the family takes care of much of what the state would otherwise handle – care for the poor, widowed, orphaned, elderly, sick; marriage and divorce; even crime and punishment. Catholic social teaching has a similar principle called the “principle of subsidiarity”, which, simply put, means that the smallest possible body takes care of the problem. So, we start with the family, then the parish community, the town, the county, the state, etc.
Part 2 of this article will follow in the next day or so. And then I want to make some further connections to the United States today. Stay tuned....