A modernist or liberal is most unlikely to have read or understood the writing of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
This possibly explains a fashionable egalitarian attitude which embraces pride and sensuality. Without having read Saint Thomas Aquinas one is left bereft of theological wisdom and knowledge.
To say that all inequality is unjust is an erroneous idea. Yet the philosophical ideas that underpin much of politically correct thinking are based upon not just an error but a hatred of God.
Saint Thomas affirms inequality is from God and teaches that the diversity of creatures and their hierarchical graduation are good in themselves, for the perfections of the Creator shine more resplendently throughout creation:
“Therefore it must be said that as the wisdom of God is the cause of the distinction of things, so the same wisdom is the cause of their inequality… . Hence in natural things species seem to be arranged in degrees; as the mixed things are more perfect than the elements, and plants than minerals, and animals than plants, and men than other animals; and in each of these one species is more perfect than others. Therefore, as the Divine Wisdom is the cause of the distinction of things for the sake of the perfection of the universe, so is it the cause of inequality. For the universe would not be perfect if only one grade of goodness were found in things.”
Jesus said the poor would always be with us not in a callous sense but to remind us that our salvation was more important than material things. For my own part I know that the poor have always been with us because of our own sin; but eternal salvation is not about sociopolitical issues. The message of Jesus is not about issues relating to inequality, a subject secularly sanctified by the unconscious Marxists in our midst. Every soul is equal unto God, but the context is not egalitarianism. God created a world that reveals inequality and the distinction of things for what is pleasing to God is not Marxian ideas on ‘social justice’ but the perfection of the soul and the avoidance of sin.
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