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PAPAL ECONOMICS: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism, from Rerum Novarum to Caritas in Veritate (Culture of Enterprise) Hardcover – Print, July 31, 2013
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Maciej Zieba, OP, a close associate of Pope John Paul II, is the author of The Surprising Pope: Understanding the Thought of John Paul II. He was a key player in the Polish Solidarity movement and is the director of the European Solidarity Center and the founder of the Tertio Millennio Institute in Poland. Father Zieba has lectured extensively on economics and theology.
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This book helped me to see that there is a reason why the Church stresses the dignity of the person in all its dimensions. This is at the heart of the Church's understanding of economics too. I don't think I have ever seen this perspective made clearer, and it is helpful in highly partisan times.
Can't wait to get to the Benedict years, and also see what he has to say about Pope Francis.
Has Father Zieba even read one of the prime sources of a regulated Capitalism. The "Summa Moralis" of his other Dominican brother, St. Antoninus of Florence?
If Father ZIeba is hinting, stating or affirming that the Catholic Church in its papal teaching favors a Free Market Economics, as the Acton Institute and Austrian Economics understand it, the statement is false and the book is a fraud. The best evidence of that are the words and teaching of Pope Francis on the subject of Economics.
Capitalism is not the issue - Free Market Economics is. The Catholic Church and at least six Popes in ten classical encyclicals have condemned, and Pope Francis continues to condemn, Free Market Econimics, as understood and advocated by the Acton Institute, Austrian Economics, and the most vocal critic of papal social teaching, Father Robett Sirico. Father Zieba's book seems to be just another attempt to reshape Catholic papal Economics to favor a Free Market Economy. In that, it is misleading and deceptive.
Father Clifford Stevens
Archdiocese of Omaha