Catholic Social Thought and Liberal Institutions: Freedom by Michael Novak

By Michael Novak

Increasingly, the spiritual leaders of the area are addressing difficulties of political financial system, expressing obstacle in regards to the terrible. yet will their efforts truly support the negative? Or damage them? a lot relies, Michael Novak asserts, upon what sort of associations are developed, that's, upon realism and practicality.

His thesis could be easily said: even though the Catholic Church through the 19th and early 20th centuries set itself opposed to liberalism as an ideology, it has slowly come to recognize liberal associations akin to democracy and unfastened markets. among the Catholic imaginative and prescient of social justice and liberal associations, Novak argues, there's a profound consonance (but now not identity). either have a good time realism, recognize for associations, and prudence or useful knowledge. The Catholic culture provides to liberal individualism a robust communitarian sense.

This publication was once first released in 1984 as Freedom with Justice. This re-creation provides either a long advent wearing ahead the unique argument and a protracted concluding bankruptcy on Pope John Paul IPs debatable new encyclical of early 1988, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis.

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