Catholic Bishop sends advice to Congress about taxes

Among principles he commends, as enumerated by Rev. Thomas Reese SJ in Natl Catholic Reporter, is this, which tips his hand:

4. Adequate revenue for the sake of the common good.

Unlike many Republicans, the Catholic bishops do not see government as the enemy, but as the way by which citizens unite for the common good. Again, quoting from “Economic Justice for All,” the bishop writes, “the tax system should raise adequate revenues to pay for the public needs of society, especially to meet the basic needs of the poor.”

The bishop is no Reagan Democrat, or Reagan anything in this matter. He does not find with Reagan that “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” are the “the nine most terrifying words in the English language.

Nor is he one with Catholic laywoman, of Catholic Worker fame, Dorothy Day, who referred with poignant irony to “holy mother the state,”¬†taking over the care of the poor.

It’s just something to keep in mind when a Catholic bishop gives advice in such matters.

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