'Catholics In Alliance for the Common Good': Neither Catholic nor Concerned about the Common Good
The group calling itself Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good involved in new controversy
The Chairman of "Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good" used the "Huffington Post" to foment dissent. His organization confuses the true teaching of Catholic Social Doctrine. "Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good" is neither authentically Catholic nor concerned about the true Common Good.
Faithful Catholic theologian Dr. Janet Smith and the Chairman of 'Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good', Fred Rotondaro.
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - In a May 25, 2010 article in the "Huffington Post" entitled "The World Needs a New Vatican Council" Fred Rotondaro, identified as a "Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC." wrote what might have been considered a "silly" article, if it were not so serious. He apparently does not understand the teaching of the last great Council of the Church, Vatican II. And, to make this even more tragic, this man is the Chairman of the Board of the group that calls itself "Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good."
I was one of those Catholics who wanted to give this organization the benefit of the doubt for a long time when they began their efforts. After all, any authentic understanding of that branch of Moral theology called "Catholic Social Doctrine" admits that this teaching is neither left nor right, "liberal" or "conservative".
There is room in this body of insights on how to build a truly just social and economic order for the thought of Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, Hillaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, Michael Novak, George Weigel....., all are within the realm of genuine orthodoxy. There is room for disagreement on the application of some of the principles found within Catholic Social teaching, in areas of prudential judgement. The real question is whether we believe the truth claims of the Catholic Church into which we were all Baptized and then seek to apply them authentically in our social mission!
To be a Catholic means to be dedicated to the truth concerning the dignity of every human person, the primacy of marriage and the family founded upon it, the implications and obligations of human freedom, and solidarity with the poor and needy. All of which must be applied through a proper application of the social ordering principle called "subsidiarity". This entails an understanding of good governance and takes into account the "common good" as it is authentically taught by the Church.
We are aided in our efforts to understand all of this - and to propose it to an age which is in desperate need of its liberating potential - by listening to the gift which the Lord Himself has given to us, the Magisterium (teaching office) of the Catholic Church.
This group calling itself "Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good" have disappointed me for the last time. They have compromised their own mission. They make this claim: "Catholics in Alliance is a resource for Catholics inspired by our faith's core teachings about justice, human life and dignity, peace, poverty and the common good." To this, when I consider some of their public positions, I now say "Nonsense"!
They also reject some of what is clearly and unchangeably taught by the teaching office of the Church and bring that dissent into a public forum. At least the Chairman of the Board of the Organization does! They have become a fifth column, a clandestine group seeking to undermine the very Church they claim to represent in the Public arena! They are also undermining the genuine social mission of the Catholic Church by misrepresenting her teachings in the public eye.
Some of my friends, clearly identified with the "conservative" movement, had written the group off from the beginning. I must admit, I have long believed that the failures of the "religious right" and the dangers of some approaches to "libertarianism", required we who are Catholics to articulate a different vision of the renewal of human culture, which includes political participation.
That includes a truly Catholic vision for political participation. Not just a conservative or neo-conservative ideology with a rosary wrapped around it. So, I had been hoping this group would prove my "conservative first" friends to be wrong and show us all a faithful alternative in some of their positions. However, this recent rant by Fred Rotondaro, the Chairman of the Board of "Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good" has led me to wonder again whether the organization is authentically Catholic or truly committed to the true Common Good.
It is, in effect, a Trojan horse, seeking to undermine the truth as revealed by the Catholic Church right when this teaching is so desperately needed. It is a front, trying to look and sound "Catholic" while taking positions and advocating stands which are, at times, at odds with this claim.
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