This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Private charity vs. government action

Leo’s distinction between ownership and use comes to our aid in many contemporary debates. For example, much is made today of the role of “private charity” when it comes to succoring the poor and needy. Some go so far as to say that, if we would only cut government programs and leave the taxes which support them to be used at the discretion of the taxpayer, then the problem of poverty would be alleviated more efficiently. Let us, then, put forward the Catholic understanding, first of charity itself, and then of the State’s role in the task of relieving poverty.

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