Family First

The moral theologian Johannes Messner wrote in 1958 that “the family is prior to the state. It holds natural rights which the state is bound to recognize.” In fact, Messner says that the “prominent task of the state” is “to make it possible for families to fulfill their natural function

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I’m a fan of families and I like this angle on a familial right to immigrate. Like that German homeschool family in Virginia. Like the pilgrims. And like plenty of “illegal” (technically true) immigrants today.

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