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Catholic Social Thought and Solidarity

Catholic Social Thought and Solidarity

In the social teaching document Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II described solidarity as the key to understanding several important contemporary realities: universal interdependency (in no. 4 of that document), international relations (in no. 90), and the communal character of the human person taught by Jesus Christ, the community of believers which he establishes, as well as the ultimate solidarity to be “brought to perfection” at the end of time (no. 32).

Catholic Social Thought and Subsidiarity

Catholic Social Thought and Subsidiarity

In his 1931 encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, Pope Pius XI introduced a critically important Catholic social teaching concept, one which has maintained currency in political debates today.

Catholic Social Thought and Distributive Justice

Catholic Social Thought and Distributive Justice

In the context of the nation’s recent awakening to economic inequality—prompted in large part by the Occupy movements nearly a decade ago but continuing to the present day—it is most helpful here to revisit the meaning and roots of the concept of distributive justice.