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

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

“suitable social policies for the redistribution of income” is found under, The Social Doctrine of the Church, para. 303 is under Chapter 6, Biblical Human Work and The Rights of Workers under section IV, subset b.
This is all about just wages not government tax and spend programs!

Chapter 8, The Political Community, Part V., section VI, subset B. The Church and The Political Community
Para. 424 “The Church respects the legitimate autonomy of the democratic order and is not entitled to express preferences for this or that institutional or constitutional solution”,[868] nor does it belong to her to enter into questions of the merit of political programmes, except as concerns their religious or moral implications.
So clearly Jesus is not a Communist, Socialist, or a laissez-faire capitalist.

The following sounds like free market ideology to me!
419. The political community is responsible for regulating its relations with civil society according to the principle of subsidiarity.[855] It is essential that the growth of democratic life begin within the fabric of society. The activities of civil society — above all volunteer organizations and cooperative endeavours in the private-social sector, all of which are succinctly known as the “third sector”, to distinquish from the State and the market — represent the most appropriate ways to develop the social dimension of the person, who finds in these activities the necessary space to express himself fully. The progressive expansion of social initiatives beyond the State- controlled sphere creates new areas for the active presence and direct action of citizens, integrating the functions of the State. This important phenomenon has often come about largely through informal means and has given rise to new and positive ways of exercising personal rights, which have brought about a qualitative enrichment of democratic life.

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