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Priests for Life
You may have heard that an Office Depot in the Chicago area refused to make copies of my Prayer for the Conversion of Planned Parenthood and that the organization’s corporate office said it is policy not to require employees to print anything they find objectionable. Office Depot believes that my prayer calls for persecution of those who support, and perform, abortion.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
See the Prayer http://www.priestsforlife.org/prayercampaign/
On August 20, 2015, Maria Goldstein placed her order for printing one of those prayers at the Office Depot in Schaumburg, IL. Ms. Goldstein was told by an Office Depot employee that the printing of her flyer was “restricted by corporate policy” and that her order would not be filled. Ms. Goldstein contacted the Office of the Chairman multiple times to discuss the company’s refusal to fill her order. Diane Demma from the Office of the Chairman stood up for the Office Depot employees’ refusal to print Ms. Goldstein’s flyer and offered no other alternatives.
So Ms. Goldstein has now secured the services of a law firm, the Thomas More Society, to defend her rights.
No reasonable person could find my prayer objectionable or threatening.
Father Frank Pavone.
From “Reclaiming Catholic Social Teachings” by Anthony Esolen:
On the State:
“Pope Leo XIII affirms that a well governed State will promote the material and moral prosperity of its citizens, will honor private property and free associations, and will protect the poor from abuse or depredation by the rich.”
“The State must not absorb the individual or the family; both should be allowed free and untrammeled action of as far as is consistent with the common good and the interests of others.”
The same holds true for free associations. The State must “not thrust itself into their peculiar concerns and their organization”.
The practical reasons include the absurdity that “a flock of bureaucrats two thousand miles away, or a panel of judges”, should have anything to say about the Order of Moose in Anytown, when the members of that order best know their needs and the needs of their community and how to address them according to their neighbor’s sense of the common good.
“To enter into a free association is the natural right of man; and the State is bound to protect natural rights, not to destroy them; and if it forbids its citizens to form associations, it contradicts the very principle of its own existence”.
Moral Law requires a human face. Laws cannot by themselves make people good.
It is in human associations, and not as citizens of a sprawling State, that we learn virtue.
The State should not usurp the roles of the family, the fraternity, and the town. The State cannot assume those roles effectively. The State in an arrogant attempt to displace the family and local associations can only cause great harm to society. The State’s role is to observe the moral laws, to promote by general laws the conditions wherein people of ordinary virtue and industry can thrive. The State should provide assistance in extreme cases, while honoring the independence and the interdependence of human beings in families, parishes, churches, guilds, fraternities, sororities and other unions created for mutual help and the common good.
The family does not hang from the civil community. It is not the community that defines the family, but the family that constitute the community. This is the order of being.
Families are not justified by the good they bring to the State; the State is justified by the good it brings to families. The State must recognize the legitimate sphere of authority of the family.
“Catholic social teaching condemns the statist usurpation of the family, whether that usurpation is openly hostile or is cloaked in beneficence. Paternal authority can be neither abolished nor absorbed by the State; for it has the same source as human life itself”.
In the State that dismisses every divine and Christian law, it means nothing if sin should multiply, either by seeking out illicit sexual unions, or persevering in them. This State allows free license to all vices lethal to the family. “Reason, faith and history bring forth evidence that corruption in morals cuts a society’s sinews, spoils it, consumes it”.
A nation only thrives by moral rule. “The State gone wrong becomes an interest in its own right, utterly detached from locale and tradition and unknown to their subjects”.
A cancerous Metastate thrives for a while by immorality. It helps to cause the chaos it then pretends to ameliorate. Strong and self-reliant families hurt the Metastate, so the Metastate rewards profligacy and licentiousness and promotes the easy severance of father from children. The Metastate knows that if people but make an earnest attempt to govern themselves by the Ten Commandments and the gospel they will be free and prosperous, and the Metastate will shrivel”.