Monday, 23 April 2012
"A person's faith is central to how they conduct themselves in public and in private.
So to me, using my Catholic faith, we call it the social magisterium, which is how do you apply the doctrine of your teaching into your everyday life as a lay person?"
"To me, the principle of subsidiarity . . . meaning government closest to the people governs best . . . where we, through our civic organizations, through our churches, through our charities, through all of our different groups where we interact with people as a community, that's how we advance the common good.
By not having big government crowd out civic society, but by having enough space in our communities so that we can interact with each other, and take care of people who are down and out in our communities."
"Those principles are very, very important, and the preferential option for the poor, which is one of the primary tenants of Catholic social teaching, means don't keep people poor, don't make people dependent on government so that they stay stuck at their station in life. Help people get out of poverty out onto a life of independence."
That was House GOP budget chairman Paul Ryan on how Christian values are integrated into good government. LINK
Good government doesn't mean no government.
Good government happens when a self-ruling people come to understand the relationship between themselves and the different levels of government.
If our religious or moral values don't inform our political thought, what does?
Do you agree or disagree with Paul Ryan's statements? What place is there for religious and moral values in politics and political thought?