Egalitarianism is one of those -isms that we here at Catholicism.org are very much against. Yet, as even the great French Counter-Revolutionary Catholic, Ven. Emmanuel D’Alzon, argued, there are certain ways in which we humans are all radically equal.
Inspired by that great man, I here present, in a series of bulleted points, a brief “Egalitarian argument for Jesus Christ and His Church.”
- All of us, whether, Jew or Greek, bond or free, male or female (Gal. 3:28) are radically equal in our origin as sons and daughters of our common parents, Adam and Eve.
- All of us, regardless of race, color, or creed, share in the Fall of man, in Original Sin, and in its ravaging effects on human nature (Rom. 3:9, Rom. 5:12).
- All of us were created by the Divine Logos (Jn. 1:3, Col. 1:16), and all of us have been (objectively) redeemed by Him (1 Tim. 2:6, Col. 1:19-20).
- All of us have been enlightened, either naturally only or also supernaturally, by that same Divine Logos (Jn. 1:9).
- All of us, whether actually or only potentially (Col. 1:18, Saint Thomas, ST, Q8, A3), have Our Lord Jesus Christ as our Head, and therefore all are (again, actually or potentially) members of His Body, the Catholic Church (ibid).
- All of us have died in Adam, yet all of us can be made to live in Jesus Christ, the “Second Adam.” (1 Cor. 15:22, 1 Cor. 15:45-49), for if we believe in Him, we are given the power to be made the sons of God (Jn. 1:12-13).
- Lastly, that Church established by Jesus Christ for the salvation of man is “Catholic” (cf. Nicene Creed) meaning that she is intended for all the offspring of Adam and Eve, and all indeed must hear her if they wish to be grounded in the truth of Christ (1 Tim. 3:15) and therefore saved.
Therefore, I declare that I need Jesus Christ and His Church in order to be saved just as much as everyone else in the entire human race does.
Moreover, I declare my solidarity in this matter with all my fellow men and women, who I desire to be my brothers and sisters in Christ, whether they be Spanish, French, Italian, Serbian, Turkish, Palestinian, Israeli, Greek, Inuit, Tutsi, Bangladeshi, Russian, Irish, Japanese, Polish, Amazonian, Indian, Pakistani, Aborigine, etc. — or even something really exotic like a New Hampshire Yankee.