Ok so I can at least see how you’ve arrived at this. You’re reasoning is that because Socialism isn’t as totalitarian as Communism, the Catechism does not find anything immoral about Socialism as it is applied to SocSec, healthcare . I haven’t focused or reasoned this based on atheism, or at least solely due to atheism that communism certainly applies, and to a lesser extent socialism as well.
Based on the Catholic Churches teaching, asking whether these govt systems are atheist or not aren’t the right questions to ask,. You should be focusing on, private ownership and the free will given to the individuals .
If I ask these question to you who don’t believe there’s anything immoral about these entitlements:
- Do you own that social security account you paid into, yes or no?
- Is it freely yours to give away, like a car or personal item before or after you die, yes or no?
- Are your moral beliefs taken into account in how you receive these entitlement as well as how they’re funded?
Nothing I’ve asked explicitly addresses atheism. Neither the atheist or believer has pure ownership to these entitlements.
Even an IRA you have more ownership. If I want to cash the IRA out, early I just pay the penalty, I can give away to whomever I please. If I die, I can leave it to anyone I want, I lose nothing except paying the tax. there’s no restriction on whether that person remarry or not. Focus on ‘ownership’ and private property and you’ll better understand Catholic teaching on Socialism, and all types of entitlements that apply its principles , none of which contradicts the Catechism.
And what exactly is moral about paying the tax to get benefits , then later when you collect, have to include that as income tax? That’s me like paying for a toll at a bridge, then before I get to the end, pay again, is that just?