From Progressives Today
June 19, 2015
It is a noble cause when one calls for people of the world to come together in fellowship and brotherhood. But if a person has to shake hands with the devil in order to accomplish it, the “cause” quickly loses its righteousness.
In the wake of Pope Francis calling for the creation of a new Global Authority in order to fight Climate Change and wealth inequality, the fact that a Catholic organization, and a group known to support Communists, would team up to hold a conference to bash Libertarianism and the Free Market under the guise of “Solidarity”, and that Cardinal Wuerl would keynote the event, should be disturbing, but yet somehow, not surprising.
The event titled Erroneous Autonomy: A Conversation on Solidarity & Faith was held on June 15th at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event was co-sponsored by the Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Studies and the AFL-CIO and was, as the title suggests, meant to concentrate on solidarity and faith. But as the host, a Professor Maria Mazzaenga from Catholic University admits in her opening remarks, the Conference is really an extension of one from last year which examined how Libertarianism is not compatible with Catholicism:
“Welcome. Welcome to the Erroneous Autonomy: A Conversation on Solidarity and Faith Conference. And this conference is an outgrowth of the conference we held last year; Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism. This was a truly stimulating set of discussions centered on the question of what Catholic teaching had to say about Libertarianism; That brand of thought that combines a faith in a free market economy with a radical emphasis on individual autonomy.
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga spoke memorably to us last year reminding us that the economy is made for the human being. The human being is not made for the economy. And he noted the Church’s preferential option for the poor was fundamentally incompatible with Libertarian thought.
We also heard from the now Arch Bishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, who noted that according to Church teaching the human dignity which belongs to every person implies solidarity. Humans are united by their shared dignity, he pointed out. And that uncoupling human dignity from solidarity, as Libertarian thought does, puts its champions on a path fundamentally different from that guided by Catholic social teaching.”
Naturally even the AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka jumped on board and cited a quote stating that Libertarianism is just a cover for cruelty.