Although man, when excited by a certain arrogance and contumacy, has often striven to cast aside the reins of authority, yet never has he been able to arrive at the state of obeying no one. In every association and community of men necessity itself compels that some should hold pre-eminence; lest society, deprived of a prince or head, by which it is ruled, should come to dissolution and be prevented from attaining the end for which it was created and instituted.According to Catholic social teaching, the state has a positive, beneficial and necessary role to play in human society. It is a good thing -- and insofar as the ideology of libertarianism denials this fundamental truth, it is in conflict with the social teaching of the Catholic Church, a social teaching with flows from the Gospel itself.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Can a Catholic be a libertarian?
According to Pope Leo XIII, teaching authoritatively in his encyclical letter Diuturnum (On Civil Government), the answer appears to be: no.