Wednesday, August 23, 2006

New Political Party

This post is a collecting point for Ideas for a new political party, one which will promote governance in accord with catholic principles. The first thing I'd like to throw out is a suggestion for a name: The Steward Party. In absence of the King, the steward is to care for the keep and all its members. A good slogan would be "Yes, I am my brother's keeper". Let the kvetching begin..

This discussion was started over at The Cafeteria is Closed.

The core issues as gravitating towards Pro-Life and Social Justice, which would involve many on both the Left and the Right in the political spectrum.


Kasia said...

I rather liked Cristo Rey...but that does get into the exclusion of likeminded people who are non-Christian.

Party, PAC, or advocacy group, I think it stands to reason that the first plank of the platform needs to be pro-life. What's next?

What *is* the official Church teaching on the death penalty? I believe the USCCB opposes it, but they're an advocacy group, not the Magisterium...

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

The catechism states that it is allowed, if necessary to protect society, but that circumstances tady make that contingency rare, if not non-existant. Here's a link

Kasia said...


- Pro-life/anti-abortion. Incidentally, does the Church allow any exception to save the life of the mother (i.e. in the case of an ectopic pregnancy, where mother and child will both certainly die if the pregnancy continues)?

- Anti-death penalty.

- Anti-embryonic stem cell research.

- I think we can safely say that poverty is a Very Bad Thing, ;-), and that we enthusiastically support individual acts of mercy to alleviate it. However, should government take a role? What say ye?

The Unseen One said...

Those sound like I as a Baptist would support them too.

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

I'd say that Government, according to the current Constitution, is to provide for the 'general welfare'. Well, there are lots of people who don't quite get a good start with the general welfare. Society is not well served by the homeless, right? Most homeless have mental health issues and substance abuse problems as well. While homeless, they are a liability to good order, so why not be more proactive in treating them?

a notch up on the scale, the poor and chronically unemployed are just days away from being homeless, and so intervention at that stage is critical. Education, job training, and substance abuse treatment would be well employed in that sector of the community.

I'm thinking that I should start several threads, on for each issue.

Kasia said...

The Unseen One - glad to hear it! :-) I think that most Christians (and many orthodox Jews and Muslims) can support a lot of this too.

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

You're welcomed to provide some input, Unseen. This is not to be an exclusively 'Catholic' party, but just a party who's tenets are closely aligned with traditional christian teaching throughout the ages.