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Modern Catholic Social Teaching: The Popes Confront the Industrial Age 1740-1958

Modern Catholic Social Teaching: The Popes Confront the Industrial Age 1740-1958 (Paperback)

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The impact of the industrial revolution on the social structures of industrialized nations posed a difficult challenge to the Catholic Church and its Popes. In the struggle for human and economic status, should the Church side with the new working class or with capitalist barons who, along with the old aristocracy, identified themselves as upholders of Christian civilization? In this history of papal social teaching, Joe Holland tells how the popes at first backed the status quo. Then, with the accession of Pope Leo XIII in 1878, a seismic shift took place. Leo's encyclical Rerum novarum was the first authoritative Church voice to declare that laboring people have rights--the right to fair wages, to decent living conditions, the right to organize labor unions and even to strike. Henceforth the notion of civilization, at least for the Church, would be grounded in the lives and aspirations of working people. Modern Catholic Social Teaching traces this historic shift as it played out in the writings of Leo and the popes who followed him: Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XI, and Pius XII. These popes supported Leo's encyclical and even elaborated it.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian Churches & denominationsReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian institutions & organizations Publisher: Paulist Press International,U.S. Publication Date: 01/01/2003 ISBN-13: 9780809142255  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 02/04/2015.  

Joe Holland was associated for many years with the Center of Concern, a Washington research and lobbying group. He was executive director of the Pallotine Institute for Lay Leadership and Apostolic Research at Seton Hall University from 1973 to 1986.

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