Goat(s) and Sheep of the Week: Week of January 29th
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.”
Inspired by Matthew 25, each week the editorial team at Our Daily Thread will pick one “Goat” of the week and one “Sheep” of the week. Our sheep will be someone who is fighting for the common good, someone who is pursing social justice in their lives. Goats will be someone who goes against the church’s social justice teachings.
Our Goat(s) of the Week: Mitt Romney and Bishop Joseph P. McFadden
The day after winning the Florida Republican primary, Mitt Romney made a statement to supporters stating that he was “not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it.”
When Mitt Romney has had the chance to stand up for the poor he supported the Paul Ryan budget instead. The Ryan budget included major cuts to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which are programs used by people from all walks of life, including the poor. When Mitt Romney says he will fix the safety net he really means he wants to destroy it. The only truth to his statement on Wednesday was that he was “not concerned about the very poor.”
Bishop Joseph P. McFadden:
While advocating for school vouchers for Catholic schools, Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of the Harrisburg Diocese said the following, “In totalitarian governments, they would love our system. This is what Hitler and Mussolini and all those tried to establish: a monolith so all the children would be educated in one set of beliefs and one way of doing things.”
Comparing the public school system to two dictators who killed millions of innocent people is completely insensitive. Bishop Joseph P. McFadden should promote the Catholic belief of universal education rather than demonize the only educational system most children have an opportunity to go through. Public schools provide children the opportunity to learn about natural and civil law. They do not brainwash them.
Our Sheep of the Week: the Senators who helped pass the STOCK ACT
On Friday the Senate passed the STOCK ACT, a bill that would make it illegal for members of Congress to use nonpublic information in the stock market. By making it illegal to use such information, Congress will no longer be conflicted between what is good for their stocks and what is good for America.
The Senate passed the STOCK ACT 96-3, and the bill is now on its way to the House. Hopefully the House will follow in the Senate’s footsteps to a less corrupt government.