This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Redistribution

As unwelcome as the phrase “redistribution of wealth” may be in certain contemporary circles, it is a common theme in CST. In Caritas in Veritate, Benedict XVI said that:

“Economic activity cannot solve all social problems through the simple application of commercial logic. This needs to be directed towards the pursuit of the common good, for which the political community in particular must also take responsibility. Therefore, it must be borne in mind that grave imbalances are produced when economic action, conceived merely as an engine for wealth creation, is detached from political action, conceived as a means for pursuing justice through redistribution.”[1]

Throughout this encyclical he uses the term “redistribution” a total of eight times,[2] even mentioning joyfully the “unprecedented possibility of large-scale redistribution of wealth on a world-wide scale.”[3]

Although it should be abundantly clear by now that the Church takes this stance in favor of private property rather than against, the popes are constantly met with accusations of socialism, as if a call to redistribution was equivalent to the abolition of property altogether. But Benedict XVI is defending nothing other than the doctrine of diffused property which we mentioned earlier and which has its roots in Rerum Novarum itself. To quote again, for the sake of convenience, the relevant passage, we see that Leo XIII concurs with Benedict XVI:

“The law, therefore, should favor ownership, and its policy should be to induce as many as possible of the people to become owners.”[4]

[1] CV, 36.

[2] CV, 32, 36, 37, 39, 42, 49.

[3] CV, 42.

[4] RN, 46.

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