The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973) was published at a time when the threat and talk of nuclear annihilation had first spread over the world. Many speculated that Tolkien’s “ring of power” was a metaphor for the atomic bomb, but Tolkien rejected that interpretation of his work: “Of course my story is
The Church has always supported the acquisition and possession of private property as both a human right and as a necessity for human flourishing. Pope Leo XIII in Rerum Novarum (1891) upheld the right to acquire and hold private property: “Now, when man thus turns the activity of his mind and the strength of his
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls a just wage “the legitimate fruit of work.” It sets out factors by which the fairness of a wage may be assessed. In determining a fair wage, the Church holds that the needs and the contributions of both employer and employee must be taken into account. The Catechism
“Man can be a saint only in a world in which it is possible to be a devil.”
~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
We have all heard (or made) the complaint about political leaders: “They are all crooks.” Sure, many are motivated by self-interest, using their offices to enjoy power, fame and money; parasites who deserve no better than a prison cell. That such persons would seek public office is not surprising, for we understand corruption. In fairness,
Christian libertarianism is not so much about being left alone–not so much “Don’t tread on me”– as it is about respect for others.