By Chris Korzen
At the eve of an important presidential election in a long time, A country FOR ALL sounds the trumpet to the millions of U.S. Catholics who've refused to shop for the concept that folks of religion needs to join the slim time table of the some distance correct. by means of shining the sunshine of actual Catholic instructing on urgent modern matters like struggle, human dignity, poverty, and the looming worldwide weather situation, this publication exhibits Catholics how their very own religion culture calls them to take on a sweeping array of concerns in general ignored of the religion and politics conversation. most crucial, A country FOR ALL demonstrates how the middle Catholic and Christian trust in selling the typical solid supplies americans of all religion traditions with a much-needed technique to the downward spiral of greed, materialism, and over the top individualism.
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He has strong words for both socialism and capitalism, and insists that government play some positive role in reigning in the unbridled free market to ensure economic justice and fairness. Quadragesimo Anno introduced the concept of social justice, which, Pius writes, demands closing the gap between the rich and poor and instituting a broader sharing in economic progress. Pope Pius also introduced the key social principle of subsidiarity, which, as we have seen, both affirms the notion that government entities closest to particular problems can find the most effective solutions and creates a clear role for larger governmental functions.
As we move into the twenty-first century, the realities of both Wall Street and Main Street show us just how divorced we’ve become from authentic common good values. A 2007 front-page article in the New York Times, headlined ‘‘The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age,’’ featured billionaire tycoons who bemoaned taxes on their fortunes and had little to say about why more than thirty-seven million Americans live in poverty in the world’s richest country. The NASDAQ exchange launched a private stock market in 2007 for elite investors with assets of more than $100 million.
American businesses are also pleading for leadership and calling for certainty about future regulations that they know are both essential and inevitable. As people of faith, we believe in the kind of moral urgency that inspired movements to end slavery, secure women the vote, and galvanize black and white Americans to confront the sins of racism and bigotry. To build a culture of the common good, we need courageous and creative policies that respond to the urgent moral issues of our time. We need laws to help create more just and equitable social structures and to protect everyone’s rights.
A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division by Chris Korzen