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American Capitalism is Broken

American Capitalism is just plain broken. Why do I say that? Because American Capitalism has in essence declared that its god is the Almighty Dollar. And in such circumstances as these, the problem identified by Pope St. John Paul II

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Posted in America, Charity, John Paul II, Natural Law, Rerum Novarum

A living wage

This continues to pop up on news sites I visit. The original report does not say a whole lot about the man’s motivations although they do come across as a genuine concern for the wellbeing of his employees; this story

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Posted in Charity, Rerum Novarum, Western Civilization

Ideas have consequences

Where do our human rights come from? According to the Declaration of Independence, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these

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Posted in America, Rerum Novarum, Veritatis Splendor, Western Civilization

A foundation for private property

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (CSD) provides no genuine solace for either of the two economic poles we are offered as alternatives today: socialism and capitalism. It is easy — for a conservative — to find

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Posted in Rerum Novarum

The order of social institutions

In this post I would like to continue with some notions I raised in a prior post, about the relationship between individual people and social institutions. The Compendium brings the subject up fairly regularly, so it is reasonable to infer

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Posted in Rerum Novarum

Human institutions and salvation

Human institutions aren’t just for breakfast or play time or work time. The Compendium of Social Doctrine observes the following: …worldly things and human institutions are ordered, according to the plan of God the Creator, towards people’s salvation, and that

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The foundation of social order

There are differing opinions as to what exactly the foundation of our social order is or should be. Because this is a question that bears strongly upon human morality the Catholic Church has had quite a bit to say about

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Posted in Charity, Rerum Novarum

Personal good and the common good

St. Thomas has an interesting thing to say about a certain hierarchy of values that seems like a real poke in the ribs. But a man’s will is not right in willing a particular good, unless he refer it to

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Charity, Rerum Novarum

Knowing God

We must love God in order to be saved. It is inconceivable that those who are utterly indifferent towards Him or who genuinely hate Him will meet with His favor on Judgment Day. But in order to love God, we

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Posted in Apologetics, Charity, Protestantism, Rerum Novarum, Sola Fide


This may be a duplicate entry, but I don’t care. It remains one of my favorite quotations from The Lord of the Rings and speaks to our proneness to materialism. “One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is

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Posted in Books, Rerum Novarum

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