Rerum Novarum

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An encyclical of Leo XIII, intended to apply traditional Catholic teaching to the conditions created by the Industrial Revolution. On the ground that society originated in the family, it proclaimed private property a natural right and condemned socialism as infringing it; it upheld the ideal of a just wage, defined as ‘enough to support the wage-earner in reasonable and frugal comfort’ with a family; and it maintained that the natural place of women was in the home.

Subjects: Christianity.

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