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May 14, 2011

Re: 'Speaker of the House Delivers Address on Humility, Patience, Faith'

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Kathryn Jean Lopez writes at The Corner:

As you've probably heard by now, John Boehner is the Catholic University of America's (my alma mater) commencement speaker this year. And before he made it to campus, some professors there and elsewhere welcomed him with a lecture of a letter. There have been responses (thank you, Fr. Sirico), but my favorite yet is the Speaker's speech itself.

There is something powerful about the practical spiritual witness of a political leader, a powerful man. His speech is a story about a Catholic kid from Ohio, about patience and humility, about the Blessed Mother and a coach. It's not coming from someone looking to impress political-science professors quoted in the New York Times about how many encyclicals he's read, but perhaps, by someone hoping a real-life experience of Divine consult and blessings may penetrate an already hardened or otherwise clueless graduate or two. Commencement speeches should be about sharing a little wisdom. Here you have the most basic and essential. Delivered with not just talk of humility, but a demonstration of it -- in speaking of the source of real power, in speaking of one of his own political falls.

Take the time to read the rest ... including Speaker Boehner's entire speech.

Then be sure to read Fr. Robert A. Sirico's excellent response to the misguided leftist Catholic academics who rushed to attack Speaker Boehner in defense of the welfare state.

As Fr. Sirico notes, they apparently do not understand the distinctions the Church herself makes between fundamental, non-negotiable dogmas and doctrines, and the prudential and debatable give and take when it comes to applying the principles of Catholic social teaching.

According to Fr. Sirico, the leftist Catholic academics make the unfortunately common error of assuming that concern for the economically weak and marginalized must somehow translate into (yet another) government program ... which "flies in the face of another principle of Catholic social teaching - the principle of subsidarity (an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority).

And as Fr. Sirico goes on to point out, they do so for good reason. This is something the Catholic Left - or whatever remains of it these days - rarely mentions or grapples with, because they know that it would raise many questions about the prudence of any number of welfare programs they support.

Posted by Hyscience at May 14, 2011 12:34 PM

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