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 problem in regards to the bad. yet will their efforts truly aid the bad? Or damage them? a lot relies, Michael Novak asserts, upon what sort of associations are built, that's, upon realism and practicality.

His thesis will be easily said: even if 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 loose markets. among the Catholic imaginative and prescient of social justice and liberal associations, Novak argues, there's a profound consonance (but no longer identity). either have a good time realism, recognize for associations, and prudence or useful knowledge. The Catholic culture provides to liberal individualism a powerful communitarian sense.

This booklet used to be first released in 1984 as Freedom with Justice. This re-creation provides either a long creation sporting ahead the unique argument and an extended concluding bankruptcy on Pope John Paul IPs debatable new encyclical of early 1988, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis.

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