‘Ownership of the means of production, whether in industry or agriculture, is just and legitimate if it serves useful work. It becomes illegitimate, however, when it is not utilized or when it serves to impede the work of others, in an effort to gain a profit which is not the result of the overall expansion of work and the wealth of society, but rather is the result of curbing them or of illicit exploitation, speculation, or the breaking of solidarity among working people. Ownership of this kind has no justification and represents an abuse in the sight of God and man.’
-Pope St. John Paul II, Centesimus Annus n.43
The Catholic Church’s teachings on politics, economics, and society, are spot on. Why? Because today it is only ancient religions that remember ancient wisdom and common sense.
The world today considers everything as either entirely private or entirely public property, existing either for an individual or the government. Whereas the reality is everything belongs to a corresponding community, in which each member has rights and duties to the object and each other. All things and all our lives are interdepent, and nothing is truly autonomous.
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