Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Opium of the People

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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Feb 14, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …

The alluring prospect of a materialistic heaven on earth fuels an insatiable appetite for government guarantees of peace, security, and worldly comforts. Karl Marx said, “Religion is the opium of the people.” He would have been more accurate if he said massive government programs are the narcotics of voters.

Perhaps the most compelling – and neglected – social justice issue of our time is the immense national debt: the result of decades of feeding our appetites for “free stuff.”  …

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