Subsidiarity and the Social Doctrine

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money [to spend]." Margaret Thatcher

“Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists.” G. K. Chesterton

Subsidiarity in the Gospels

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Governments derive their just powers from the very foundation of society---the Family.

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The family is the original cell of social life.

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The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially:

  • the freedom to establish a family, have children, and bring them up in keeping with the family's own moral and religious convictions. the protection of the stability of the marriage bond and the institution of the family.

  • the freedom to profess one's faith, to hand it on, and raise one's children in it, with the necessary means and institutions.

  • the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and housing, and the right to emigrate.

  • in keeping with the country's institutions, the right to medical care, assistance for the aged, and family benefits.

  • the protection of security and health, especially with respect to dangers like drugs, pornography, alcoholism, etc.

  • the freedom to form associations with other families and so to have representation before civil authority.

In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unamimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America.

"...Governments are instituted amoung Men, driving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and institute new Government..."

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