Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Lesson in Subsidiarity (Check it out if you don't know what it is.)

Archbishop Timothy Dolan keeps a blog called The Gospel in the Digital Age.  This week his comments give us a brilliant example of the principle of subsidiarity -- something all Catholics should know as it pertains to social teaching.

Before you read Bishop Dolan's post, keep this in mind:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1883:
The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.

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