On All of Our Shoulders

On All of Our Shoulders

Table of Contents:

  •  A Tipping Point

  • A Threat to the Church’s Teachings

  • Prudence Misused

  • Prudence and Principle, Love and Truth

  • Prudence and Policy

  • 5 Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine Most in Danger of Being Forgotten or Distorted

  • Conclusion

 We write as Catholic theologians, academics and ministers concerned for our nation and for the integrity of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. We write to hold up aspects of the Church’s social doctrine that are profoundly relevant to the challenges our nation faces at this moment in history, yet are in danger of being ignored. At a moment when the ideas of Atlas Shrugged influence public debate and policy, we write to proclaim the Catholic truth that the stewardship of common good rests upon all of our shoulders together. This is a responsibility we dare not shrug. We fulfill this obligation in myriad ways, but indispensibly among them, through the policies of our government. We highlight these principles of the Church’s social doctrine in the hope that their substance will better influence our political and policy debates. Read more