This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Rights are not absolute

From this we can surmise that rights are not to be considered absolute. The Church calls them “inalienable,” which is to say, they are derived from human nature, but their exercise must always be circumscribed within limits. They are “contingent.” To take but one common example, the Church has consistently proclaimed the right to private property, and yet the Compendium says plainly that “Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute and untouchable.[1] It will be appropriate to elaborate further on this particular point when we arrive at our discussion of private property below. For now, we need only illustrate that the notion of “right” is a balance, and is just as much directed outward, toward neighbor, as it is inward, toward the self. Rights must never become captive to a self-centered, egoistic paradigm if they are to remain healthy and functional.

[1] CSDC, 177.

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