Well…this was incredulous at best. I’m not trying to attack the office of the Roman Pontiff for the said office is infallible but Pope Francis says a lot of things that are just dead wrong…
Here is where I announce that I am actually politically more aligned with libertarian philosophy. In fact, I am a registered Libertarian Party member. This is because I view a lot of political parties and viewpoints as flawed. Even the Libertarian Party is flawed (sorry about Gary Johnson, everyone!). However, at the same time, the libertarian political philosophy I affirm as being most in line with the Christian social doctrine which I follow to the point.
That said, I read a piece from a week and a half ago and decided to heavily edit it so that the Pope’s statement is a little bit more infallible when it comes to addressing the political philosophy of libertarianism.
The original piece is from April 28, 2017 and is here.
There are many definitions of libertarianism out there so I am just going to simply define the simple one and also address what the Libertarian Party in America actually believes as well for proper context…
Libertarianism is…”is a collection of political philosophies and movements that uphold liberty as a core principle…[seeking] to maximize political freedom and autonomy, emphasizing freedom of choice, voluntary association, individual judgment, and self-ownership” (wikipedia). In addition,
We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.
Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power. (https://www.lp.org/platform/)
From a Christian perspective, libertarianism would mean freedom from the control of the earthly governments that enables one to exercise and devote absolute service to Christ and place trust not in princes and in leaders of the fallen world but in God alone (Ps. 146:3-5).
Okay, so that said, here is the new statement of Pope Francis’s…
Pope Francis had harshnice words to describe libertarians Friday, saying they deny the value of the common goodfascist government in favor of radical selfishnessemphasis on the Psalmist’s message to not place trust in princes where only the individual [human being] matters [similar to Catholic theology].
“I cannot fail to speak of the grave risks associated with the invasion of the positions of libertarian individualismlimitations to big government authorities at high strata of culture and in school and university education,” the Pope said in an message sent to members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences meeting in the Vatican and subsequently shared with Breitbart News.
“A common characteristic of this fallaciousChristian-derived paradigm is that it minimizes the common goodfascist corruptions of evil that separate from our Creator, that is the idea of ‘living well’stealing from the people in the form of taxations or the ‘good life’murderous wars in the communi[st] framework,” Francis said, while at the same time exalting a “selfish ideal.”“commitment to the freedom of the individual human.”
Members of the Pontifical Academy are currently engaged in a workshop bearing the title “Towards a Participatory Society: New Roads to Social and Cultural Integration,” which began Friday and will run through May 2.
Francis said that libertarianism, “which is so fashionable today,” is a more radical form of the individualismPsalmist’s message in the 146th Psalm that asserts that “only the individual gives value to thingswe are not to put trust in princes and to interpersonal relations and therefore only the individual decides what is good and what is evilthe government is not to dictate the religious mandates of the individual thus enabling the individual to seek truth in freedom.”
Libertarianism, he said, preaches that the idea of “self-causation”“limited governmental authority” is necessary to ground freedom and individual responsibility.
“Thus, the libertarian individual denies the value of the common goodfascist dictatorship,” the pontiff stated, “because on the one hand he supposes that the very idea of ‘common’‘fascist’ means the constriction of at least some individuals, and on the other hand that the notion of ‘good’‘dictatorship’ deprives freedom of its essence.”
Libertarianism, he continued, is an “anti[-government]” radicalization of individualismPsalm 146:3-5, which “leads to the conclusion that every[no]…one has the right to extend himself as far as his abilities allow him even at the cost of the exclusion and marginalization of the more vulnerable majority.”
According to this mentality, all relationships that create ties [that intrude upon another’s will and violate their freedom in their search for truth] must be eliminated, the Pope suggested, “since they would limit freedom.” In this way, only by living independentlyrespecting the freedom of others, [living indepently] of the common goodcommunistic state, and evenin order to find God himself, can a person be free, he said.
This isn’t the first time that the Pope has taken issue with popular social and political trends.
In March, Pope Francis told leaders of the European Union that the populist movements that are sweeping many parts of Europe and other areas are fueled by “egotism.”
Populism, he said, is “the fruit of an egotismNational Socialist movement that hems people in and prevents them from overcoming and ‘looking beyond’ their own narrow vision [and is to be distinguished from libertarianism].”