Rowan’s Rule, part 5

While reading an extended quote in Rowan’s Rule, I started highlighting this passage without knowing much about the context in which it happens. I look up the organization behind it, the Jubilee Group, later and realize that it is a socialist group. As someone who is an extremely small government libertarian/borderline (peaceful) anarchist half the time and drawn to MacIntyre’s political philosophy in After Virtue the other half the time, I am not sure what to make of my affinity towards the quote. Nonetheless, it is as follows (p. 84):

“Our social programme is the dogma of the Holy Trinity…We are committed to the struggle of justice, liberty and peace, not because of some secondary interest in social theory, but because of the very foundation of the Catholic faith. We believe that man is made in the image of the Triune God, and is therefore social; that in Christ he is restored to his social capacity for social being. We believe that man is called to share the life of the Holy Trinity, the life and love of communion. We cannot, therefore, feign neutrality, or remain uncritical, in the face of a society based upon the ruthless pursuit of private gain and unlimited consumption. The institutional egotism of all forms of capitalism, including the Soviet collectivised form, must be challenged by Catholic Christians, if we are to remain faithful to the whole Gospel of Christ….

“We must above all revive the prophetical office of the Church. Now that we are in the death-throes of late capitalism, which threatens to inflict even greater violence on mankind than it has done before, we must make our stand with the oppressed, with the movement for liberation throughout the world.”


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