Chapter

What Does Catholic Social Thought Recommend for the Economy?

Albino Barrera, O.P.

in The True Wealth of Nations

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199739813
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739813.003.0002
What Does Catholic Social Thought Recommend for the Economy?

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It is remarkable that during the long history of Catholic social thought (CST) no one seems to have attempted to list all its recommendations for how economic life should be conducted. Because the True Wealth of Nations project sets out to investigate the claim that implementing Catholic social thought would put us on a path to sustainable prosperity for all, this chapter attempts to set out what it is that Catholic social thought recommends for the economy. It begins with the notion of the economic common good as the way into understanding what CST recommends. It reviews the scriptural foundations for the Catholic view of economic life, and then moves to more concrete identification of those recommendations.

Keywords: Catholic social thought; economic life; social theory; True Wealth of Nations; sustainable prosperity; common good

Chapter.  8957 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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