Craig R. Kelso

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Social Justice

I have been reading the book shown above in an attempt to gain a better understanding of social justice. I am a Roman Catholic/Christian, so I am a bit confused by the secular version of social justice; redistribution of wealth, as opposed to the Church's teaching about social justice: Society ensures social justice when it provides the conditions that allow associations or individuals to obtain what is their due, according to their nature and their vocation. Social justice is linked to the common good and the exercise of authority (CCC 1928).

Social justice is one of those ideas that is difficult to pin down and has a long history. What I have gleaned from the book so far is that Social Justice is not Socialism. Neither is it unfettered capitalism.

Here is a link to an article by Michael Novak that summarizes the ideas in the book:


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