It seems the CCC thinks Political Science cannot be correctly applied without knowledge of the Doctrine of Original Sin.
>
407 The doctrine of original sin, closely connected with that of redemption by Christ, provides lucid discernment of man’s situation and activity in the world. By our first parents’ sin, the devil has acquired a certain domination over man, even though man remains free. Original sin entails ‘captivity under the power of him who thenceforth had the power of death, that is, the devil’.Ignorance of the fact that man has a wounded nature inclined to evil gives rise to serious errors in the areas of education, politics, social action and morals.”
>
Of course even this is less Augustinian than the (already mentioned) CCC2244
>
2244 Every institution is inspired, at least implicitly, by a vision of man and his destiny, from which it derives the point of reference for its judgment, its hierarchy of values, its line of conduct. Most societies have formed their institutions in the recognition of a certain preeminence of man over things. Only the divinely revealed religion has clearly recognized man’s origin and destiny in God, the Creator and Redeemer. The Church invites political authorities to measure their judgments and decisions against this inspired truth about God and man: Societies not recognizing this vision or rejecting it in the name of their independence from God are brought to seek their criteria and goal in themselves or to borrow them from some ideology. Since they do not admit that one can defend an objective criterion of good and evil, they arrogate to themselves an explicit or implicit totalitarian power over man and his destiny, as history shows.”
>
How then can Social Modernists like George Weigel extol the American separation of Church and State and denigrate the Trinitarian confession of Faith in the Irish Constitution or the establishment of Christianity in the United Kingdom when the clear teaching of the Church (even supposing their hermeneutic of rupture) is that the doctrines of Original Sin and of ‘man’s origin and destiny in God, the Creator and Redeemer’ must be recognised and be the measure of judgement for State action if the civil order is not to fall into serious error and ultimately totalitarianism.

>
Catholics need to reject the Social Modernism of siren voices like Weigel and rediscover the confidence to assert the Gospel in the public sphere.

Advertisements