Modern Catholic Social Teaching
Commentaries and Interpretations
edited by Kenneth R. Himes; Lisa Sowle Cahill, Charles E. Curran, David Hollenbach, SJ, and Thomas Shannon, associate editors
Georgetown University Press, $39.95, 464 pp.
"So, does the Catholic Church think that capitalism is a good idea or not?” It’s a question law students often raise in my course on Catholic social thought (CST) and our legal system. Why, they wonder, does the church support free-market capitalism on the one hand, and condemn the uneven distribution of wealth it creates on the other? John Paul II’s encyclical on justice and the economy,...
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