We’ve grown depressingly accustomed to hearing our bishops speak of Social Security as something akin to a sacrament, despite the ever-worsening pattern of dependency that it has fostered, after only a couple of generations, on an ever-less solvent state. How refreshing, then, to read this:
Paul Ryan shocked the gentle souls at Georgetown University when he traveled up to their campus last Thursday and said: “We believe that Social Security legislation, now billed as a great victory for the poor and for the worker, is a great defeat for Christianity. It is an acceptance of the idea of force and compulsion.” * * * *
Sure sounds like Mr. Ryan was channeling Ayn Rand.
Except for one thing. The words are not Mr. Ryan’s. They come from a 1945 column by Dorothy Day. . . .
The cultish attitude of Catholic liberals toward Dorothy Day makes her hard-edged analysis of “Holy Mother State” especially powerful. I hereby take back all the bad things I’ve said about her.