Entries for February 2021
For Lent: A Simple Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching has its roots long ago in Pope Leo XIII’s 1897 encyclical Rerum Novarum, literally meaning “of new things.” Its context was the industrial revolution, and it strove to address the excesses of unfettered capitalism: unsafe factories, poor working conditions, poverty, slums, broken families, child labor, discrimination, greed, and corruption.
Its distinctive feature is its concern for the poorest members of our society, echoing both the Jewish law of the Old Testa...
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