Author: Vincent Miller
Since “redistribution” is in the news these days, I thought it might be valuable to offer some passages from Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate on the theme. He uses the term 8 times. The basic concept of redistribution is accepted as moral obligation to achieve distributive justice that the market alone cannot deliver on both the national and international scale. This doesn’t preclude critical awareness of the need for doing it well and preserving the participation and full development of persons in need.
As Tom Reese says so often, in these matters, the Popes are far to the left of any politician in.
The final passage does not mention redistribution, but so tracks the current stakes in our politics I have found myself returning to it repeatedly since it was written. Read more