The Three Necessary Societies


Published by First Things on Monday, May 1, 2017

"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."



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