Catholic Social Teaching on Building a Just Society: The Need for a Ceiling and a Floor
AbstractMsg. John A. Ryan was the leading voice for economic justice among American Catholics in the first half of the twentieth century. Although he was a champion of the proposal for a living wage to establish a minimum floor below which no worker might fall, Ryan gave little attention to whether there ought to be a ceiling to limit wealth among concentrated elites. I believe Ryan’s natural law methodology hindered a fuller vision of economic justice when addressing inequality. Contemporary Catholic social teaching, shaped by documents like Vatican II’s Gaudium et spes, has formulated a communitarian approach to justice that deals more adequately with the dangers of vast economic disparities. The essay concludes with a few ideas regarding how the post-conciliar outlook assists in rectifying the growing trend of economic inequality within American society. View Full-Text
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Himes, K. Catholic Social Teaching on Building a Just Society: The Need for a Ceiling and a Floor. Religions 2017, 8, 49.
Himes K. Catholic Social Teaching on Building a Just Society: The Need for a Ceiling and a Floor. Religions. 2017; 8(4):49.Chicago/Turabian Style
Himes, Kenneth. 2017. "Catholic Social Teaching on Building a Just Society: The Need for a Ceiling and a Floor." Religions 8, no. 4: 49.
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