Monday, January 20, 2014

Thank You Martin Luther King Jr!

"An authentic democracy is not merely the result of formal observation of a set of rules but is the fruit of a convinced acceptance of the values that inspire democratic procedures: the dignity of every human person, the respect of human rights, commitment to the common good as the purpose and guiding criterion for political life.  If there is no general consensus on these values, the deepest meaning of democracy is lost and its stability compromised."

- Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching, paragraph 407

"As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism."

- Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 46

May we realize the dream, and not let it continue to trend toward a nightmare...

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