"We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need." [e:DCE,28]
Pope Benedict XVI
"In fact, if the market is governed solely by the principle of the equivalence in value of exchanged goods, it cannot produce the social cohesion that it requires in order to function well. Without internal forms of SOLIDARITY and mutual trust, the market cannot completely fulfil its proper economic function." [e:CIV,35]
Pope Benedict XVI
"To destroy such structures and replace them with more authentic forms of living in community is a task which demands courage and patience." [e:CA,38]
Blessed John Paul II
Catholic Social Teaching
answers a question posed by Tolstoy:
“How, then, shall we live our life?”
Church is duty-bound to offer, through the purification of reason and through ethical formation, her own specific contribution towards understanding the requirements of justice and how to achieve them politically….[The Church] has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper (Deus Caritas Est 28).
Marketers invest a good deal of research in setting the right price on new products....But the Catholic Church has a different idea about pricing. Blessed John Paul II, in his encyclical Centesimus Annus, advocates the setting of a “just” price, that is, the price that would be achieved after mutual free bargaining. Selling at above a just price and forcing a sale at below a just price are both morally unacceptable.
The goal of both the Year of Faith and the Synod for the New Evangelization is to reawaken the faith in Catholics, so we can be better witnesses to the love of Christ and his Church in our families, communities and in our every day lives.
A spirited political debate is taking shape around the world. The issue is whether wealth redistribution or wealth creation should be the more important consideration driving national policies.