Monday, August 10, 2009

Caritas in Veritate: A Mixed Blessing

Or: "There is no such thing as Catholic (or Orthodox) economics, any more than there is any such thing as Catholic (or Orthodox) physics"-The Young Fogey (parenthetical addition mine)

The recent papal encyclical, I think, is sound. It all depends on how one interprets "society." If by "society" we mean "government," then I must voice my most vehement disagreement. The equation of "society" with "government" is a faulty one, since governments are formed by societies for the peace and well-ordering of citizens, allowing them to engage in their business lawfully and peacefully. Government is a product of society, and not the other way around.

If by "society" we mean the three pillars of civilization-family, faith and community-then I think the encyclical is right on, and could be a boon to the Distributist movement.

Read the whole article here, from The Distributist Review

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