Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism, from Rerum Nevarum to Caritas in Veritate / Digital original - eBook
Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism, from Rerum Nevarum to Caritas in Veritate / Digital original - eBook  -     By: Maciej Zieba
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Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism, from Rerum Nevarum to Caritas in Veritate / Digital original - eBook

Intercollegiate Studies Institute / 2014 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781497620681
ISBN-13: 9781497620681

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"For a long time to come, this book may well be the definitive work on the economic teaching of the modern popes." —MICHAEL NOVAK


The Catholic Church has long been one of the most important—but least understood—authorities on capitalism and democracy.

The confusion and controversy didn't begin with Pope Francis. For well over a century popes have offered profound reflections on the economic and political order in their social encyclicals. But this estimable intellectual tradition has often been misunderstood, with partisan groups variously proclaiming Catholic social teaching to be left-wing or right-wing, pro-socialist or pro-capitalist or even pro–"third way."

Papal Economics corrects the record. Father Maciej Zięba’s incisive analysis shows that the Church displays a profound understanding of democracy and—perhaps more surprising—strong support for free markets. As Father Zięba demonstrates, popes have explicitly rejected socialism while praising a democratic state and market economy.

Of course, this praise is not unqualified. Papal Economics shows how the Church, especially through John Paul’s teachings, distinguishes true democracy from false, and praiseworthy capitalism from the kind to be rejected. Moving beyond the narrow confines of secular discourse, Catholic social teaching highlights the dangers that arise when the market and the state are elevated to absolutes in themselves—when man’s spiritual dimensions are subordinated to his material ones. Ultimately, anyone who cares about free markets and democracy must understand, and defend, the foundations on which they are built. For as John Paul suggested, in a world without truth, freedom loses its meaning, the market loses its efficiency, and democracy yields to statism.


Author Bio

Maciej Zięba, OP, is one of the foremost interpreters of the thought of Pope John Paul II, a topic he covered in his book The Surprising Pope. Trained as a physicist, he became active in the Polish Solidarity movement in 1980 and edited an underground newspaper. He was ordained a priest in 1987 and later served as provincial superior for the Dominicans of Poland. A founder of the Tertio Millennio Institute, which is dedicated to deepening the dialogue on Catholic social doctrine, he has served as director of the European Solidarity Centre. Father Zięba earned his doctorate from the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow.

 

Editorial Reviews

"An invaluable resource for those who want to have a better understanding of the Catholic social justice tradition."
First Things

"This careful reading of the history of papal thought on the modern and postmodern economy should move the Catholic discussion of twenty-first-century economics beyond the familiar refrains that have made that discussion sound like a cacophony of broken records."
George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II


"All too often, questions about the Church’s politics . . . are the wrong questions. In his new book Papal Economics, Maciej Zięba sets out to introduce the right questions to ask about the Church, man, economics, and the State. . . . Zięba makes a persuasive case." —Catholic World Report
 

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