Plan for a Book on Catholic Social Teaching

Over at, I have posted a plan for a monograph on integralism as the best interpretation of Catholic Social Teaching.

4 thoughts on “Plan for a Book on Catholic Social Teaching

  1. I would put it this way: integralism means the Seamless Garment or it means nothing. An integralism which does not take the integrality of the Social Doctrine of the Church into account is not integral, is not itself. Integralism depends on fidelity to the Deposit of the Faith which means fidelity to the Gospel. It depends on an ecclesiology and on a theology of history uncorrupted by ideologies that betray the Gospel. It eschews Modernism, but it also eschews Manichean visions of the modern world which are in fact cyypto-modernist, and sin against faith hope and charity.

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        • The Manichean vision: evil dominates everything in the modern world. Herewith the concpept of evil is ideologized, cheapened and falsified, and with it the concept of modernity, of the modern world, and of the world as such.

          This induces a cynicism in one´s conception politics in which one worships the idol of pagan political power as the key to returning things to the state of a mythologized past.

          A pagan and ammoral political action is seen as the adequate means to restore the world according to a cheapened, distorted and paganized model of Christian past, a model that in fact misrepresents what Christianity essentially is and was and ever shall be..

          This Manichean vision thus misrepresents both evil and good, and cheapens and falsifies these concepts.

          Is this vision the integralist vision? I don´t think that this is the integralism that we want. But I note its presence in deformed versions of the Catholic Right, in which Right begins to take it over from Catholic.

          That is why I insist on the Seamless Garment and fidelity to a complete fidelity to the Social Doctrine of the Church.

          And for this one needs a correct conception of natural law, a conception that is not a-historical and pagan.. A Pagan and a-historical conception of Natural Law gives a sufficient basis to undermine Catholic morality and social teaching, and to replace them with Pagan ammorality with its neo- Situation Ethics.

          An a-historical notion of Natural Law permits a radical subjectivism.


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