Many in this political season feel alienated and left out of the process. However, in this article, you will learn the reason why this truly is the case.
Newsweek published on Feb. 11, 2020, the following article:
Just over three-quarters of Democratic voters said that they would vote to elect a socialist president, according to poll results from Gallup released Tuesday.
The poll, conducted between January 16 and 29, asked respondents whether they identified as Republican, Democrat or independent and questioned them about their willingness to vote for candidates with "diverse characteristics."
"Between now and the 2020 political conventions, there will be a discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates—their education, age, religion, race and so on," read the poll question, according to Gallup. "If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be [characteristic], would you vote for that person?"
When it came to candidates who were socialists, Democrats were most likely to answer that they would vote for them. Seventy-six percent of Democrats said they would back a socialist candidate, compared with 17 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents.
Being a socialist was the only characteristic to receive "majority opposition" from most Americans, according to Gallup. That is, a plurality of Americans said they would not vote for a socialist. About 53 percent of Americans said they would not vote for a socialist, while 45 percent said that they would. The percentage of those who would vote that way was down 2 points from a 2015 Gallup poll that asked the same question.
It was the night of Bernie Sanders winning the New Hampshire primary and the same night that President Donald Trump received more than 85% of the vote on the Republican side. This article is not about politics, but it is. This article is not trying to point fingers at anyone, but, yet it does.
Much of the Catholic Church whole-heartily supports Social Justice. The practicing Catholics realize that we can not and we should not have a society without providing for the needs of all people.
In Matthew Chapter 25 35-45 we read:
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome,
36 lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me."
37 Then the upright will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?"
40 And the King will answer, "In truth, I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me."
41 Then he will say to those on his left hand, "Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you never gave me food, I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, lacking clothes and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me."
44 Then it will be their turn to ask, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or lacking clothes, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?"
45 Then he will answer, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me."
Many people think that it is the act of giving that is social justice. If you think this way maybe you should reconsider a few things.
First, Matthew was referring to people asking the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider that these people put Jesus first not take Jesus completely out of the picture and replace him with the Government.
Second, in Matthew 22:21 Jesus said: "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's." He did not say or did not call for complete removal of himself or complete dominance of Caesar over a person.
These two points clearly create a problem for today’s Catholics. The appealing nature of Social Justice has caused great concern in the Church. Why? If we have learned anything from history it is this- when the Socialists take over they take over the Church as well.
Brothers and sisters the past century has provided proof of this over and over again. We are living in a time where we appear to have a short term memory loss. We draw a blank when it comes to thinking. We try to do what is right- right now. However, are we doing what is right for the hereafter?
Remember these quotes from Bishop Fulton Sheen:
Communism is the final logic of the dehumanization of man. The industrial civilization of the Western world has no intent to destroy man's freedom or to deny his personality. But Communism does. Denying God, it reduces man to a robot.
Communism is the final logic of the dehumanization of man.
The basic struggle today is not between individualism and collectivism, free enterprise and socialism, democracy and dictatorship. These are only the superficial manifestations of a deeper struggle which is moral and spiritual and involves above all else whether man shall exist for the state, or the state for man, and whether freedom is of the spirit or a concession of a materialized society.
Brothers and sisters, socialism is popular today because the Church has failed to do a good job in educating our youth on the evils of socialism. Too many of our children do not have all of the sacraments and have a strong grasp of what it means to be a Catholic. Wake up America, wake up before it is too late. We and should be working to make this a better place for all of us through our Church. Listen to the teachings of Christ, follow the Church and do not left out in these troubled times.