Only now, having finished this necessary political digression, can we safely proceed to rights as they pertain to the specifically economic sphere: to the right to healthy human work, to a living wage, to sufficient rest for body and spirit, and to private property. It is the last of these—the right to private property—which we will approach first, in next week’s installment, because it is the “right which constitutes so efficacious a means of asserting one’s personality and exercising responsibility in every field, and an element of solidity and security for family life, and of greater peace and prosperity in the State." (PT, 21) We will build upon this week’s foundation, drawn from the Catholic tradition, and proceed to secure man’s right to the ownership of things, yet never forgetting “that the right to own private property entails a social obligation as well.” (PT, 22)
Catholic Economics, Part 3: Natural Rights or Inalienable Duties?
Daniel Schwindt - published on 04/16/14 - updated on 06/08/17
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