Vox Clamantis: Subsidiarity – Magisterium

As papal encyclicals often include a Catholic anthropology when speaking about Catholic Social Teaching, it is helpful to provide a brief sketch of Catholic anthropology to facilitate an understanding of the importance of subsidiarity in the papal Magisterium. Rooted in the nature of man, prior to any act of the intellect, will, or movement of […]

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Vox Clamantis: Solidarity and the Common Good – Magisterium

Like many elements of Catholic Social Thought, “solidarity” is a new word for an old concept. St. John Paul II noted in Centesimus Annus1 the differing ways of describing the concept of solidarity in the recent magisterium: Leo XIII used “friendship,” Pius XI termed it “social charity,” and Paul VI often talked about a “civilization […]

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Vox Clamanatis: Common Good & Solidarity – Patristics

Catholic Social Teaching is most often expressed contextually. There are foundational principles throughout, but those principles are expressed in different ways depending upon the contemporary situation. Leo XIII was occupied with early effects of the Industrial Revolution in Rerum novarum, and so talking about solidarity related necessarily to the rights of workers. For St. John […]

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Vox Clamanatis: Common Good & Solidarity – Scriptures

The principles of the common good and solidarity have to do with the interconnectedness of human beings. Both principles are rooted in the understanding that God is the father of all human beings, regardless of race, creed, nationality, or heritage, and as a result the condition of one or more members of the human family […]

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Vox Clamantis: Common Good & Solidarity – Introduction

The basis for many principles of Catholic Social Teaching in the scriptures is called the Imago Dei (Genesis 1:27). Human beings were created in the image and likeness of God, and therefore all human beings have inherent dignity as God’s beloved children. It is not difficult to see, then, that we are one human family. We […]

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