How the Catholic Church Got Roped into Liberalism
March 16, 2012
RUSH: To the phones we go on Open Line Friday, starting in Santa Barbara, California. Hi Diane, you’re up first. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush! I was wondering if you noticed a pattern starting with Georgetown University, who’s heavily funded by federal money, and how they abandon their principles? I noticed that the Law School Reproductive Health — or Reproductive Justice — was started like in ’09. So it’s just kind of crazy how just a lot of pressure to abandon their principles.
RUSH: You know, I was talking to somebody about this the other night, Diane. This is actually a very brilliant point that you’ve come up with. Somebody was asking me, “What are they mad at you for? You’re not the one denying them contraceptives. Georgetown is.” Except, Diane, you should know that we looked into this. Georgetown University does provide contraception when it is prescribed for medical conditions that have nothing to do with birth control. Contraceptives sometimes have other medicinal benefits, and Georgetown will allow the coverage for the prescription of contraception in those circumstances but not to be used for birth control. So I’m not the one denying anybody birth control and Georgetown is.
But that’s why these activists enroll there. One of the questions that came up was, “Well, why would you enroll? If you’re a big birth control activist, and if for some reason you think that your country is denying you all the birth control that you want, why would you enroll at a place that doesn’t offer it?” Well, duh. If you’re an activist, by definition, you are enrolling to stir it up there. You are enrolling to tear down the moral and conscience policies of that institution. That’s the express purpose. The Catholic Church is under siege. The Catholic Church is under attack. It’s a huge target. And the Catholic Church finally knows it.
The Catholic Church is finally standing up in defense of some of this stuff. Diane, you should know — and the rest of you, too — that I learned a lot during this whole fiasco. One of the things that I learned was the reason the Catholic Church (all the way back to the days of FDR) got roped into the liberal socialist agenda is that they became convinced that welfare was charity, and churches are big on charity. And they thought that it would sound good for them to support massive government wealth-transfer programs, welfare programs, under the guise that it was charity. So the Catholic Church and its hierarchy in this country slowly but surely migrated to socialism, in terms of its political preferences.
Now, not so much the way it dealt with its flock, but outwardly — with its political associations and attachments (i.e. people that they voted for, supported) — under the notion that liberalism is charity, under the notion that welfare is charity. Well, it isn’t. Welfare is the willful absconding of money owned by others and giving it to other people for your benefit, not theirs. Liberals give money to people wanting a payback. The payback is the vote. Liberals are not giving people money to increase their lifestyles or improve their lifestyles. It doesn’t happen, does it? The poor are still poor. The homeless are still homeless. Despite all these great liberal programs, the numbers, the percentages never change.
Liberalism doesn’t solve problems. It doesn’t fix anything. It just exacerbates them. So it isn’t charity. Real charity is targeted to people in genuine need who cannot help themselves. The purpose of welfare is not to help people who can’t help themselves. If I may be blunt, the purpose of welfare is to create as many people as possible who refuse to help themselves because they don’t have to anymore. They’ve got welfare plans. Welfare is robbing Peter to buy Paul’s vote. It’s insidious. It destroys people’s humanity and their dignity. It takes away their ambition, their desires and gives them a life of squalor, under the guise of big-heartedness and charity and so forth.
And what it comes down to, Diane, is the left — the Democrat Party, however you want to describe them — never want to be judged on the results of their so-called good works. They want credit for their good intentions. (sobbing) “Well, we want to end homelessness and we want to end poverty, and that makes us good people.” They never do end homelessness. They never do end poverty. You’re never supposed to point that out. You’re just supposed to talk about how big their hearts are. But the Catholic Church got roped into this whole notion that all of that is “charity,” so they became big supporters of it. This is now causing some lights to go on at the upper levels of the Church and they’re starting to see things the way you do, Diane.