I found this little gem at Front Porch Republic http://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2010/01/caritas-in-the-veritable-welfare-state/

Caritas in the Veritable Welfare State

by JAMES MATTHEW WILSON on JANUARY 28, 2010

in ECONOMICS & EMPIREPOLITICS & POWER

Devon, PA. The daily headlines at Catholic Culturedraw our attention to this gemof European Catholicism:

Caritas Europa, the consortium of Catholic relief and development agencices in 44 European nations, has launched a Zero Poverty campaign so that “no one is forced to live on the streets or dies prematurely because [he] cannot afford healthcare.”

Asserting that the “three traditional sources of social welfare” are the labor market, the family, and the welfare state, Caritas Europa pledged to lobby governments to “end child poverty by guaranteeing allowances for every child in Europe, regardless of the status of their parents; secure a minimum standard of social security for all; guarantee universal healthcare and strengthen the welfare state; [and] take active steps to ensure decent jobs with decent wages.”

One wishes to speak carefully here, but without letting pass a compound of willful ignorance, crude ethics, and cruder social doctrine: a compound, indeed, of the sorts of small, soft hearted errors that transform charity into social work, love of the Body of Christ into “altruism,” and a sense of personal obligation to a scheme of bureaucratic methods for getting others to pay for my sense of moral obligation.

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