Magisterial Discontents: A Symposium on Catholic Social Teaching

The social teaching of the Catholic Church offers reflections on nearly every major controversy in political life. But does it present a unified body of wisdom and a coherent basis upon which to think about the inescapable dilemmas of living in pluralist societies and complex economies?

This year marks the 130th anniversary of Rerum Novarum, and we thought it fitting to bring together four distinguished contributors to discuss the state of CST, and what we ought to make of its ideas:

On the Present Disorders Afflicting Catholic Social Teaching

by Samuel Gregg

Wisdom for New Things

by Rachel Lu

Recovering Catholic Social Teaching

by Nathaniel Peters

A Challenging Continuity

by Leah Libresco Sargeant


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Wisdom for New Things

Catholic Social Teaching will have minimal value if it serves mainly to channel the nostalgic yearning many people feel for older, simpler-seeming times.