Structures

Catholic Social Thought can be used to examine and reflect upon society.

In Centesimus Annus, Pope John Paul II ordered society at large into three distinct but interwoven spheres of Culture, Politics, and Economics, emphasizing that of these three, culture is the most important. Prior to Centesimus Annus, society was viewed as the interplay between politics and economics.

The addition of culture, as the most important element, has great implications in how we approach “society” with and through Catholic Social Teaching.

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Over 120 years ago, Pope Leo XIII introduced the idea of a “just” wage in his encyclical, Rerum Novarum.  He defined the just wage as an amount needed to support a thrifty and upright worker plus his family, and prescribed that it must be sufficient enough to allow the worker to save and acquire property of his own.  Read more