Yesterday, Paul Ryan recanted his adoration of the Rand in favor of a love of St. Thomas Aquinas. Now anyone will tell you that, as an atheist, I don’t hold with a lot of what religion has to say or what it’s done, especially Christianity.
But I do appreciate a good dose of hypocrisy from those who profess that they do. Like Paul Ryan! And, unbeknownst to Mr. Ryan, apparently, Old St. Thomas Aquinas had some really nice things to say about the poor (kind of the way Jesus wasn’t all about making money).
I’m not sure Ryan actually, you know, read St. Thomas Aquinas. Seriously.
Things which are of human right cannot derogate from natural right or Divine right. Now according to the natural order established by Divine Providence, inferior things are ordained for the purpose of succoring man’s needs by their means. Wherefore the division and appropriation of things which are based on human law, do not preclude the fact that man’s needs have to be remedied by means of these very things. Hence whatever certain people have in superabundance is due, by natural law, to the purpose of succoring the poor. For this reason Ambrose [Loc. cit., 2, Objection 3] says, and his words are embodied in the Decretals(Dist. xlvii, can. Sicut ii): “It is the hungry man’s bread that you withhold, the naked man’s cloak that you store away, the money that you bury in the earth is the price of the poor man’s ransom and freedom.” (Question 66, Article 7.)
St. Thomas wants you to pay higher taxes and succor the poor, Mr. Ryan. How do you read it?