Friday, July 29, 2016

The Domestic Church (the Family) and Domestic Politics


The Church considers the dignity of the human person to be the foundation of its social teaching; indeed, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church tells us that the family is “the first natural society” and places it at “the center of social life.” The natural family, or the “domestic church,” is the context in which all men and women either live out their vocations or are prepared for them.
So—what’s good for the family is good for both the individual and for wider society, and good public policy is, therefore, family policy
Yet we live at a time when the family in America is being ripped apart by many social and market forces. All the crises our nations faces — from identity to economic — are either caused by the breakdown of the family or directly contribute to it.

Remember that Pope Francis says in his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), “the welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church” (31). So as Campaign “16 begins, seriously consider the vision of the family offered by the Republican and the Democratic Parties, as well as how the planks of their platforms will help or hurt families. (to be continued….)