Friday 15. December 2017

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Economic & Social Policies
a fairer Europe?



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CHRISTIAN SOCIAL THINKING
  • Ignace Berten o.p.

     

    Solidarity in Europe?


    The European Union has failed in any real sense to produce a social commonality through solidarity; it has opened itself to a globalisation that is ruled by blind financial capitalism that has trodden on an industrial and productive capitalism. By a political decision, Europe has been handed over to the market to the detriment of its citizens and above all the most vulnerable.

     

    “You have deprived the poor of dignity”, says St James (2.6). Pope Francis is very clear about the urgency need for political reform: “The necessity of resolving the structural causes of poverty cannot be put off, not only because there is a practical demand to get results and to put society in order, but to heal it of a sickness that renders it fragile and unworthy, and which will only lead to new crises…. As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by renouncing the absolute autonomy of markets and speculation, and by attacking the structural causes of social inequality, the problems of the world will not be resolved, nor any particular problem. Social inequality is the root of the evils of society. The dignity of each human person and the common good are issues that must be structured as political and economic questions” (Evangelii gaudium, nn. 202 & 203).

     

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    "(...) the riches that economic-social developments constantly increase ought to be so distributed among individual persons and classes so that the common advantage of all will be safeguarded (...)". Pope Pius XI. (Quadragesimo anno, 57-58)

     

     

    "As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation (...), no solution will be found for the world’s problems. Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, 202)

     

    To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Prof. Johan Verstraeten

     

    Justice in Catholic Social Thought


    Catholic social thought not only pleads for charity and solidarity, but also for justice. In order to understand this adequately, three components need to be distinguished: general justice, distributive justice and commutative justice.

     

    First there is the duty of citizens to contribute to the wellbeing of all. Already in medieval Europe, Thomas Aquinas expressed this, in terms of general or legal justice, reaffirming the fundamental insight of Aristotle that justice is the most perfect virtue, because it orients human action towards others and to the common good. Recently, the US bishops have actualised this in terms of ‘contributive justice’, the duty of citizens “to be active and productive participants in the life of society”. It is the duty of citizens “to help create goods, services and nonmaterial and spiritual values” necessary for the wellbeing of the whole of society. 

     

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    "(...) the riches that economic-social developments constantly increase ought to be so distributed among individual persons and classes so that the common advantage of all will be safeguarded (...)". Pope Pius XI. (Quadragesimo anno, 57-58)

     

     

    "As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation (...), no solution will be found for the world’s problems. Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, 202)

     

    How I wish everyone had decent work! It is essential for human dignity.

     

     

     

  • Peter Henrich o.p.

     

    A Socially Ordered Economy


    Catholic Social Teaching speaks out for a free and socially order economy. A market price for the production of goods and services based on supply and demand is shaped by the market. “When a firm makes a profit, this means that productive factors have been properly employed and corresponding human needs have been duly satisfied.” (Centesimus annus, 35)

     

    In a market economy, it is a decentralised system of decision-making that determines which goods or services will be produced, not state or social authorities. Production is not determined by any centrally determined goals. “In a climate of mutual trust, the market is the economic institution that permits encounter between persons, inasmuch as they are economic subjects who make use of contracts to regulate their relations as they exchange goods and services of equivalent value between them, in order to satisfy their needs and desires. The market is subject to the principles of so-called commutative justice, which regulates the relations of giving and receiving between parties to a transaction.” (Caritas in veritate, 35)

     

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    "(...) the riches that economic-social developments constantly increase ought to be so distributed among individual persons and classes so that the common advantage of all will be safeguarded (...)". Pope Pius XI. (Quadragesimo anno, 57-58)

     

     

    "As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation (...), no solution will be found for the world’s problems. Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, 202)

     

    To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us.

     

     

let's make it happen:
CHRISTIAN ORGANISATIONS' PROPOSALS
MORE PROPOSALS

KAB


 

Set a European minimum wage

KAB


 

A Social Stability Pact with welfare provision based on the “corridor model“

KAB


 

Introduce Sunday as a common weekly day of rest in Europe

KAB


 

Introduce a “30-hour-working week“ in Europe

KAB


 

Minimum level of taxation of enterprises, property, inheritance and capital yield

Federcasse

 

The EU should encourage a more responsible banking model

Caritas Europa

 

Monitor the effective implementation of Roma policies

German Caritas Association

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Keep the tax relief for certain activities of general interest

German Caritas Association


 

Support accompanying measures for the sustainable integration of the long-term unemployed

http://www.initiative-ixe.eu/