Seperation of Church and State?


#1

I have been pondering over this for a while and I was curious if I could get the Churchs Stance on the topic of Church and state? You know if they play roles that are in some areas intertwined and seperateing it would be dumb or if it is “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.”.


#2

Here is the USCCB site on Faithful Citizenship:
A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility


#3

See stobie.home.sprynet.com/religion/catholic21.htm#ICaS - This is my interpretation of what the church teaches on it.


#4

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL LIFE

**1899 ** The authority required by the moral order derives from God: "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment."17

**1901 **If authority belongs to the order established by God, "the choice of the political regime and the appointment of rulers are left to the free decision of the citizens."20

The diversity of political regimes is morally acceptable, provided they serve the legitimate good of the communities that adopt them. Regimes whose nature is contrary to the natural law, to the public order, and to the fundamental rights of persons cannot achieve the common good of the nations on which they have been imposed.

[font=Verdana]**1903 **Authority is exercised legitimately only when it seeks the common good of the group concerned and if it employs morally licit means to attain it. If rulers were to enact unjust laws or take measures contrary to the moral order, such arrangements would not be binding in conscience. In such a case, "authority breaks down completely and results in shameful abuse."23[/font]


#5

[quote=Montie Claunch]I have been pondering over this for a while and I was curious if I could get the Churchs Stance on the topic of Church and state?
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The Church invented the separation of herself from the state.

– Mark L. Chance.


#6

[quote=mlchance]The Church invented the separation of herself from the state.

– Mark L. Chance.
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When?


#7

[quote=mlchance]The Church invented the separation of herself from the state.

– Mark L. Chance.
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Huh? Explain please?


#8

[quote=mikew262]Huh? Explain please?
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Refer to the investiture controversy and the consequent Cluniac reform and pontificate of Gregory VII. Before these, the idea of the Church and state being separate was very nearly unknown in Christendom.

– Mark L. Chance.


#9

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