"Leo XIII summarized and clarified the currents and eddies of social Catholicism in light of a non-negotiable principle. That principle—that we are domestic, political, and ecclesial animals who achieve perfections by rightly dwelling in the perennial societies—is simple enough to understand. But sowing and harvesting the daily bread of this social principle remains a difficult labor."
Our labors are never only our labors, as if we have – or can create at will – the blueprint for human life and destiny. And that all it takes is enough effort to attain to the good. We can be grateful today for the many men and women who lived and worked before us, and made many things possible – particularly in America.
The pope is custodian of the the deposit of faith, not its master.
Pope Francis has encouraged the use of the “weapons of love” against terrorism. That is one of our values. But we’ll need other, more tangible weapons as well, if our values are going to survive.
The mystery of the Incarnation and the Redemption, when allowed to illuminate the concrete realities of human life, explains everything that the Church need say about “the economy” – or anything else.