By Chris Korzen
At the eve of crucial presidential election in many years, A kingdom FOR ALL sounds the trumpet to the thousands and thousands of U.S. Catholics who've refused to shop for the suggestion that individuals of religion needs to join the slim time table of the a long way correct. by way of shining the sunshine of actual Catholic educating on urgent modern matters like battle, human dignity, poverty, and the looming worldwide weather main issue, this booklet indicates Catholics how their very own religion culture calls them to take on a sweeping array of matters usually passed over of the religion and politics conversation. most vital, A country FOR ALL demonstrates how the center Catholic and Christian trust in selling the typical strong delivers americans of all religion traditions with a much-needed option to the downward spiral of greed, materialism, and over the top individualism.
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When leaders make short-term promises to create new jobs using tax incentives and 16 A NATION FOR ALL investments, governments and churches will eventually have to provide assistance to new workers if the new jobs don’t pay living wages. We end up paying twice: first in tax breaks or subsidies to companies to create new jobs and second in public or private assistance to those same underpaid workers. These initiatives work to ensure that jobs created with taxpayer dollars pay well to begin with.
Pope Leo, in contrast, ties the role of government to the promotion of everyone’s interests, especially those living in poverty, in an early expression of the preferential option for the poor: ‘‘It lies in the power of a ruler to benefit every class in the State,’’ Leo wrote, ‘‘and amongst the rest to promote to the utmost the interests of the poor; and this in virtue of his office . . ’’ THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL TRADITION 31 The Social Justice Pope: Pius XI Four decades after Rerum Novarum, amid the global economic crisis that began in 1929, Pope Pius XI issued his 1931 encyclical, appropriately titled Quadragesimo Anno (The Fortieth Year).
We refer to it in this book as the Catholic social tradition, but it’s also called Catholic social teaching, Catholic social doctrine, and even the Catholic social magisterium. The Catholic social tradition has found articulation over the course of more than one hundred years in a series of papal letters known as social encyclicals, and in statements by bishops’ synods and conferences that address current social, economic, political, and cultural issues. Its inspiration and sources include scripture, philosophy, and the experiences of our community.
A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division by Chris Korzen