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by Benjamin Starnes  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 12, 2021   

Funding socialism

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Bishops such as Robert McElroy of San Diego believe denying Holy Communion to baby-killing politicians is a so-called "weaponization" of the Eucharist

However, even as inflation worsens, the bishops gleefully endorse weaponized legislation such as the trillion-dollar infrastructure bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate.

On Tuesday, the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development praised the 2,700-page behemoth

We are grateful for the bipartisan efforts of members of the Senate to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ... we are pleased that the legislation reflects an integral ecology, with historic investments in public transit, rail, bridges and clean drinking water; and emphases on climate change mitigation, carbon capture and climate resilience. It is also very good to see expanded broadband internet access and the creation of new jobs.

But the bishops' statement fails to mention how, on page 510, the bill initiates a pilot program meant to levy fees against Americans "based on the number of vehicle miles traveled by an individual road user."

They also fail to mention how, as noted on page 512, part of this pilot program entails obtaining data from "smartphone applications" and "telemetric data collected by automakers."

But would merely mentioning these threats to liberty without a virile pushback against the evils be sufficient?

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Not only do the Catholic bishops not mention these evils, but they are also supporting them by supporting this bill. They are helping to fund socialism.

This proposed legislation is the creation of socialists intending to push America into becoming a socialist country. 

But Catholics cannot be socialists, as Pope Pius XI declared: "Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist."

Not only do the Catholic bishops not mention these evils, but they are also supporting them by supporting this bill. 

The American bishops — as successors of the Apostles — ought to remember this truth and start fighting the ideology that has long persecuted Catholics.

It's been done before. Just imagine what would happen in the United States if Catholic bishops imitated the boldness of Pope St. John Paul II.

But perhaps they endorse socialist legislation because they themselves are socialists — and if they are socialists, then they are not good Catholics.

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