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A Word from Father Ed…
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The gospel this weekend reveals that at the final judgement “all the nations” will be assembled before Christ, the Judge (Mt. 15:32). Yes, at the final judgement we will be assembled before the Lord not as individuals but alongside our co-patriots, those with whom we are co-citizens in the socio-political gatherings of life: as Romans with Romans; Greeks with Greeks; Goths, Huns, or Vikings; as Chinese with Chinese and as Americans with Americans. How will Jesus do this? We do not now know. We know simply that he will.
The Catholic Church teaches that it is “the role of the state to defend and promote the common good of civil society” [Cate-chism of the Catholic Church (CCC), 1927]. It teaches, too, that “political authority must be exercised within the limits of the moral order and...guarantee the conditions for the exercise of freedom” (CCC 1923). If it is the role of the state, that is, of government, to defend and promote the common good, and if political authority is to be exercised in a moral way, then government officials and political authorities must be men and women who are good and moral. And we can easily conclude, therefore, that we should only be electing men and women who will be governing us who are themselves leading good, virtuous, moral, decent, respectful, honest lives.
The health and future of our republic requires that we be a virtuous people and that we elect and be governed only the virtuous from among us. The health and future of our democracy can be reduced to this question: are we and are our government officials and political authorities, men and women of virtue—mature, integrated, honest human beings? We must not forget that this home, this republic of freedom that is the United States of America, is still an experiment the result of which is unknown. If America is to be the land of the free we must be brave in leading a moral, honest, virtuous life and calling our leaders to the same. The results of the experiment will only be known when we as a nation, with all other nations, are assembled before the Lord and judged.
Virtue is essential to the functioning of democracy. In 1960 John Courtney Murray, S.J. (the finest public theologian ever produced by the Catholic Church in the United States), worried that America lacked consensus on the moral coordinates for guiding public argument over our common life. Absent such a consensus, Murray warned: “…the noble, many-storied mansion of democracy [may] be dismantled, leveled to the dimensions of a flat majoritarianism, which is no mansion but a barn, perhaps even a tool shed in which the weapons of tyranny may be forged” (We Hold These Truths, p. 53). Are we seeing this happen today?
Our government is of, by, and for the people; it reflects who we are. If our government officials and political authorities are immoral people, it is because we are. If we are moral then we will hold them accountable for their morality. Could it get any simpler than that? We might get lower taxes and fancy walls. But what good are those if the nation, if we, our all going to hell in a handbasket?
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