Christianity and American Capitalism

Christianity and American Capitalism

Christianity and American Capitalism

Christianity and American Capitalism

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The Catholic Church over the centuries has given expression to policies through official statements of the Popes called "encyclicals." Two of these, that of Pope Leo XIII, promulgated in 1891 and that of Pope Pius XI released in 1931 set down the official social doctrine of the Church.

There is much confusion regarding the interpretation of the Social Encyclicals, especially regarding their application to the social structure in the United States. This confusion has caused bitter debate which has served no good purpose. Such controversy is unfortunate because it hinders acceptance of the social doctrine of the Church which is the answer to a definite need for a constructive program of cooperation in the United States. Pope Leo XIII stated:

"The problem is difficult to resolve and is not free from dangers. It is hard indeed to fix the boundaries of the rights and duties within which the rich and the proletariat --those who furnish material things and those who furnish work--ought to be restricted in relation to each other. The controversy is truly dangerous, for in various places it is being twisted by turbulent and crafty men to pervert . . .

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