Today, May 15th, is the 78th anniversary of Quadragesimo Anno, written by Pope Pius XI. Written forty years after Pope Leo XIII’s ground-breaking encyclical Rerum Novarum, Pius XI’s letter builds on and expands his predecessors’ teaching on economics and true social justice. In light of the recent condemnations of both Marxism and capitalism by the current Pope, Benedict XVI, while he visits Brazil, there is another excellent essay by “Athanasius” of the weblog Athanasius Contra Mundum.

Quoting extensively from Pius XI, Athanasius hit’s the current economic landscape hard, as only he can do. He also links the encyclical with the promotion of Distributist Thought and positive action done in light of it. There is much food for thought and discussion in his essay, which you can read HERE. Please do so, ponder it - and then act on what you ponder.

And congratulations again to "Athanasius" for another splendid essay!


Thomas A. Friday, May 18, 2007 at 2:40:00 PM CDT  

At least someone other than myself seems to be reading and understanding what Athanasius writes on Distributism. I am but a neophyte, so I really don't feel qualified to join in some of the comment spars his posts have brought up, but I do think some of you chaps who know what you're talking about might help Athanasius out with some of his readers who seem to think Capitalism is the one and only way. I don't think he has the time during the day to systematically defend his well written articles all by himself... anyone want to rally to his defence?

Kevin Monday, June 4, 2007 at 9:16:00 PM CDT  

Your readers can find another Catholic's response to Athanasius's ideas here and here.

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