“…that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his church to enjoy…”

…in defining doctrine concerning faith or morals.


“The Church’s social doctrine is not a ‘third way’ between liberal capitalism and Marxist collectivism, nor even a possible alternative to other solutions less radically opposed to one another: rather, it constitutes a category of its own. Nor is it an ideology, but rather the accurate formulation of the results of a careful reflection on the complex realities of human existence, in society and in the international order, in the light of faith and of the Church’s tradition. … [The Church’s social teaching] therefore belongs to the field, not of ideology, but of theology and particularly of moral theology. The teaching and spreading of her social doctrine are part of the Church’s evangelizing mission.”

— St. John Paul II, Sollicitudo rei socialis, §41 (30 December 1987)


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4 Responses to “…that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his church to enjoy…”

  1. Brock Fowler says:

    Beautiful words: but they are circles.

    Once you enter the realm of politics and economics, you CERTAINLY bring morality into it! But you cannot accurately claim to have an economic approach that does not involve economics nor politics.

    Social teachings MUST be in another category, because they CANNOT be determined purely on moral theology. Anything that deals with society as a whole must take into account that we live in a fallen world, not everybody is Catholic or even Christian, and most people are not seriously pursuing holiness in any event. The prudential must enter in here on Earth.

  2. A mistake made my those who succor Collectivist Capitalism (State Sponsored Usury/Leftover Manchester Liberalism microwaved for today) is that economics has its own immutable set of laws which are exempt from moral calculations/considerations and certainly are exempt from being morally condemned.

    But then, there are just as many who forget the Four Sins crying to Heaven for vengeance, half of which have to do with economics:

    oppression of the poor
    defrauding workers of their just wages

    This 18th century teaching is still in force


  3. The Brick By Brick Bund has been a long time public supporter of the former sodomite activist, Fr. Robert Sirico (who the hell thought it was ok to ordain such a person?) and his Fifth Column (Calvinist orientation) Acton Institute outfit that pretends its activities are in sync with Catholic Social Doctrine (their only outside-the-United-States footprint is in Rome where the Institute peddles their Calvinistic-economics to unsuspecting seminarians in a fashion similar to how the CIA operatives started a college in Rome to indoctrinate seminarians there with Americanism) and there is also the very popular Mr Thomas Woods whose popularity and influence has led innumerable Catholic Christians into economic heresy.


  4. Background on Fr. Sirico and Acton Institute and its funding by the Dutch Calvinists of the midwest.

    How was he ever ordained and why does the Brick By Brick Bund support him and why does the Magisterium let him spread his poison in Rome?


    OK, B.C. M.J. will stop posting any more material but this whole subject is ripe for exploitation by those who do not have our interests at heart; far from it, they desire to enslave and/or slay us.

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