Features

Is Rerum Novarum a Socialist Manifesto?

September 25, 2022 Michael D. Greaney 26

Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical, Rerum Novarum, while not the first social encyclical, was still a revolutionary document, albeit within the bounds of natural law and the Magisterium. Previous social encyclicals, beginning with Mirari Vos […]

The Dispatch

Why we need a distribution of power

January 5, 2021 Bishop Robert Barron 19

A crucially important feature of Catholic social teaching, but one frequently underemphasized or misunderstood, is a clear animus against the concentration of power within a society. This perilous agglomeration can happen economically, politically, or culturally. […]

Ecclesia et Civitas

Lenten Thoughts on Politics

April 2, 2019 James Kalb 11

Lent is a time of retreat and reflection. That can mean very different things for different people at different times in their lives. But it always means stepping back from daily preoccupations and looking at […]

Ecclesia et Civitas

Anti-Ideals, Anti-Theologies

November 30, 2017 James Kalb 10

The current intellectual, social, and political situation has been catastrophic for the Church. It is increasingly bad for secular society, where it is radicalizing divisions […]