Why are Catholic countries generally poorer than atheist or Protestant countries?

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North America is Protestant and rich and the South America Catholic and poor. In Europe, with its nuances, it happens the same. Even in the Southern Hemisphere; compare Australia with the Philippines. If you consult the list of the ten countries with the highest income per capita, the ten with the highest social welfare, the ten most democratic, the ten most transparent or the ten least corrupt, you will see that seven or eight are Protestants. Protestantism generates freedom and prosperity. Let’s see now why:

1) EDUCATION. With the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, the theologian Martin Luther raised the need for people to read the Bible, and for this a great literacy campaign had to be done to instruct an uneducated people. But in the Catholic countries with which the priest knew how to read, it was more than enough. Thus, in the eighteenth century in England and the Netherlands, literacy reached 70% of the population, while in Spain or Portugal it did not even reach 10%.

2) SCIENCE. The reformed countries, devoted to reading the Bible, began to take an interest in the study of the world, of nature and of the stars, inspired no doubt by books such as Genesis, Psalms and other sacred texts. No wonder that in these nations began to emerge scientists like mushrooms. But in the countries of southern Europe, the Inquisition burned scientists in the middle of the plaza for heretics and used their works to swell their catalog of forbidden books.

3) LIE. For the protestants the lie is a very serious sin since it is mentioned in the Ten Commandments next to the homicide, the adultery or the robbery. Thus, in Germany, a politician usually resigns if it is shown that he has lied. In the United States, you can go to prison if you deliver a check with no funds. But in Catholic countries, such as Italy or Malta, it is a venial sin, a peccadillo, therefore lying floods politics, administration and finances and you can not trust anyone.

4) THEFT. In the reformed countries it was clearly understood that robbery was very serious, that all men were equal and that therefore private property was an inalienable right of all men, but in countries of the Counter-Reformation, much more attached to the Old Regime , private property was a privilege of the Crown, the nobility and the Catholic Church. Not in vain did communism triumph in Catholic Cuba. No one would have supported Fidel Castro in Canada.

5) ETHICS AT WORK. While in Catholic countries work is a punishment from God – when Adam is expelled from paradise – and manual crafts have less prestige than intellectuals, in Protestants work is not bad: in fact, Adam was already working in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15); Being a sweeper is as worthy as being a surgeon and working with excellence and ethically is also a way to honor the Lord. Max Weber summed it up: work, savings and effort.

6) CAPITALISMO. For the Catholic Church wealth is a stigma and poverty a sign of humility and simplicity. Protestantism, on the other hand, understands that the problem is not money in itself but the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10) and that in fact being rich is not incompatible with being a good believer; there are the cases of José, Moisés, Daniel or Job, among others. It is no coincidence that capitalism, banking and business have reached their maximum expression in the countries of the Reformation.

7) DEMOCRACY. In the Protestant nations, there was a commitment to freedom and democracy, and a separation of the legislative, executive and judicial powers. Switzerland stands out, with its enviable direct democracy. By contrast, the countries of southern Europe and the Ibero-American republics were drowned in a myriad of absolutist monarchies, fascism, civil wars and coups that condemned them to poverty and backwardness. The Vatican is still the last theocracy in Europe.

8) SEPARATION CHURCH-STATE. While in the Protestant nations it was sought to divide the powers so that they are counterweighted, the Catholic Church tries until the date of which the civil power is put under the religious one. Thus, Holland soon allowed freedom of worship, in Scandinavia parliamentarism developed and the United States was born as a lay state. On the other hand, until very recently in Spain Francisco Franco was walking under a pallium and even today in Mexico the bishop commands.

9)EMPIRE IF THE LAW. For the theologian John Calvin, the law-that is, the Bible-had primacy, but for Catholics the primacy fell to an institution (the Catholic Church), out of which there is no salvation and which was responsible for interpreting the Bible. For the Reformation all citizens are equal, while for the Catholic Church not only all were not equal, but there were even some who were exempt from complying with the law (for example, with the famous bulls)

10) BIBLICAL VALUES. In short, Protestant nations have bent on biblical and Catholic principles for human traditions, many of which are not only extra-biblical but even openly unbiblical. It is the contrast between the values of the Book versus the values of rites, processions and images. It is the blessing for a people to be attached to the Word versus misery, the hecatomb and desolation that always await God.

POST SCRIPTUM

Catholic countries are generally poor and the few who are rich constitute the exception that confirms the rule. And, interestingly, they are the least Catholic of all. Thus, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein or Austria are very developed countries but they are thanks to the influence of the Protestant neighboring states. Similarly, France or Monaco are rich to a large extent because the French Revolution and secularism greatly limited the power of the Catholic Church there.

Toronto: Church provides space for event honoring “Palestinian” terrorist responsible for jihad massacre

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is ostensibly a Communist organization, but it is wholly aligned with the jihad force. Ghassan Kanafani was responsible for the murder of 17 Christians, as well as eight Israelis, but that doesn’t matter to the Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church. Being woke is ultimately a suicidal act, but at least the members of Trinity-St. Paul’s can congratulate themselves that they were never “racist” when their own time comes and their jihadi friends turn on them.

“B’nai Brith Canada slams church for assisting event honoring PFLP terrorist,” by Ilanit Chernick, Jerusalem Post, July 7, 2019:

B’nai Brith Canada has condemned a decision by Toronto’s Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church to “provide a space” for an event that honors Ghassan Kanafani, a designated Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist.

The event, which is being hosted by the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) on July 13, is listed as the Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship Launch.

According to PYM’s Facebook invitation, the event will “be an evening of spoken word, music, and food to celebrate the artistic and cultural contributions of Palestinians in the diaspora and showcase the winners of the Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship in this years anthology entitled ‘We feel a country in our bones.’”

Kanafani and the PFLP, were responsible for the Lod Airport Massacre in May, 1972, that left 26 civilians dead – including a Canadian, 17 Christian pilgrims from Puerto Rico and eight Israelis – and 80 others injured.

At the time of the terror attack, Kanafani was the spokesman for the terrorist group.

In response to the event, B’nai Brith Canada started a petition on Friday calling on the church not to host the scholarship launch.

In the letter that is set to accompany the petition, B’nai Brith Canada pointed out to the church that “the ‘Palestinian Youth Movement,’ the group holding this event in your church, has also hailed Mohammad Tareq, a Palestinian terrorist who stabbed three Israelis,” in the settlement of Adam last July.

At the time, PYM stated that, “we recognize that our youth are forced into becoming heroes because of the conditions in which they live, and that the people of Palestine will continue to resist until our land and our people are liberated from the river to the sea.” The movement also translated Tareq’s final message prior to the attack, in which he advocated violence against Jews and Zionists across Israel….

The organization added that a “Trinity-St. Paul’s spokesperson claimed that the PYM had provided a statement that it did not promote or condone violence,” and had since not responded to subsequent communications.