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National Catholic Reporter Hearts Barney Frank and Ron Paul

Posted on August 3 2010 4:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.
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Anyone up for some Pride & Prejudice? No, I’m not referring to the Jane Austen novel or the hit film based on it. Whether you’re into “gay pride”, “white pride”, or even the so-called “Catholic peace” movement, you’re sure to love National Catholic Reporter‘s spotlight on Barney Frank and Ron Paul with a little Pax Christi USA thrown in for good measure.

The most recent demonstration of the growing consensus for military cuts was the much publicized statement issued July 6 by U.S. Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas), who not only come from different sides of the aisle but from differing perspectives on most issues. On this issue, however, the two agree, calling for “substantial reductions in the projected level of American military spending as part of future deficit reduction efforts.”

StormFront’s favorite candidate for President meets an ethnic Jew and Gay Pride advocate on the pages of the Catholic press?  What could be warmer and fuzzier? Unfortunately, as Captain James Kirk and his crew taught us long ago, things that are warm and fuzzy are not always what they’re cracked up to be. So it is with the plans of Frank and Paul to throw a wrench into the works of any plan to reduce the deficit that does not include “substantial reductions in military spending”. It’s got plenty of warmth and fuzziness, but it’s actually counter-productive to our goal to have peace in the world.

For proof of the danger in the anti-military mindset at play here, one need look no further than Pax Christi USA President David Robinson’s quote in regard to our national security:

“We need to overcome this fixation with security and spending our way out of danger.”

Americans do have a “fixation with security“, but for very good reason.

David Robinson and National Catholic Reporter would both do well to see how the catechism defines peace in our broken world in relation to the common good.

[T]he common good requires peace, that is, the stability and security of a just order. It presupposes that authority should ensure by morally acceptable means the security of society and its members. It is the basis of the right to legitimate personal and collective defense.

Peace is “stability and security of a just order”. One cannot have peace, in other words, without focusing on security as a priority. Pax Christi USA and National Catholic Reporter are not promoting peace. Instead, they are working against peace by promoting the agenda of those who are a threat to our stability and security in a very dangerous world. Promoting the common agenda of Ron Paul and Barney Frank, to block all attempts to cut the deficit unless our military spending is cut, flies in the face of a genuinely Catholic goal to have “stability and security of a just order”.


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