Two ideas, person and communio, have become the spine and soul of Catholic social teaching and Catholic social thought.
To see the wisdom of the Church in action, we can learn from two Europeans, an emperor and an economist born, who embody the “heart” and the “head” of Catholic social teaching.
Subsidiarity helps us to translate our sense of solidarity into social justice.
The discussion preceding the synod of bishops on the family has ignored the most vulnerable party in divorces and remarriages: children. In so doing, it mirrors the discussion of sex and marriage in western culture more broadly, which focuses on the gratification of the desires of adults—however legitimate—while paying no attention to the needs of children.
Catholics do know, with the certainty of faith, that, when Christ returns in glory to judge the living and the dead, the church, in some recognizable shape or form that is both Catholic and Apostolic, will be there to meet him. There is no such divine guarantee for any country, culture or society of this or any age.