An economics of justice and charity

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an economics of justice and charity

An Economics of Justice and Charity: Catholic Social Teaching, Its Development and Contemporary Relevance by Thomas Storck

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Catholic Social Teaching: Called to Charity and Justice

Distributist Perspectives Volume I: Essays on the Economics of Justice and Charity

The ultimate purpose of all the virtues is to elevate the dignity and sovereignty of the human person. While often confused, justice is distinct from the virtue of charity. Justice supplies the material foundation for charity. While justice deals with the substance and rules for guiding ordinary, everyday human interactions, charity deals with the spirit of human interactions and with those exceptional cases where strict application of the rules is not appropriate or sufficient. Charity offers expedients during times of hardship.

Distributist Perspectives is a collection of essays by leading thinkers of the school of English Distributists that in the s and s articulated a humane vision of social and economic life based upon the Social Doctrine of the Church. Herbert Shove, H. Massingham, and Eric Gill, this first collection of Distributist writings serves as an introduction to the depth and coherence of the Distributist position on such essential topics as the nature of work, the role of tradition, the dangers of industrialism, and the importance to the family and the State of the widespread distribution of ownership of productive property. Volume I of the series offers a rare glimpse through true, primary source material, of the seriousness and persuasiveness of the critique of modernity by some of the finest English Catholic minds of last century. This first volume of Distributist Perspectives also offers a newly edited edition of the Distributist Manifesto , written by Arthur J. Penty for the Distributist League in Launching the Distributist Perspectives series is a new essay on Distributism by Dr.

Tweets by CACatholicConf. If you could just see the facts flat on, without that horrible moral squint; with just a little common sense, you could have been a statesman. Beginning with Leo XIII's magisterial encyclical on the rights of workers to a living wage Rerum novarum, , the Roman Catholic Church looks at public policy through the moral squint of its social teaching. While "the Church does not have technical solutions to offer," and acknowledges the legitimate autonomy of the political sphere, she must, by her very nature, fulfill her "mission of truth" 9. Let me note three: i the integral relationship of love and justice; ii , the ethical integration of the economy, and iii a recognition of both personal and collective responsibility for the global common good.

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This compilation of important distributist authors delivers valuable insight into the manifest problems of society. Although most of the contributions were written more than 50 years ago, the questions raised by the writers have remained largely unanswered, and essays regarding topics like education, work, and freedom have lost little relevance in the ensuing decades. Featured authors include Eric Gill, Harold J. Massingham, and Dorothy Sayers. Categories Menu All Products. Audio Books. Devotion and Spirituality.

The Church has boldly engaged the ideologies of the modern age—not only anarchism, communism, and fascism, but also the seductive alternatives of liberalism and libertarianism. Understanding and applying Catholic social doctrine presents special difficulties. The sheer mass of material is a steep mountain to climb for the non-expert. Developments over time and the different styles of papal authors can give an impression of inconsistency or even contradiction. Agenda-driven commentators ignore or distort whatever they dislike, creating an ersatz magisterium. An Economics of Justice and Charity offers readers a compact, objective summary of the economic teaching of the Popes from Leo XIII to Francis that makes manifest its inner unity, its intended authority, and its perennial applicability.


  1. Artus C. says:

    "A critique of capitalism that stands outside the usual left/right dichotomy, providing an opportunity for a deeper analysis of our economic and social woes.

  2. Lev G. says:

    Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. "This book should be read by anyone who wants to Look inside this book. An Economics of Justice and Charity: Catholic Social Teaching, Its Development and Contemporary Relevance.

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