The Catholic Church has developed a position on socio-economic issues during the past one hundred years as detailed in economically-minded papal encyclicals and related church documents. Included are several criteria that provide a framework for evaluating areas of economic policy. The Church’s mission has been to develop a normative social theory capable of integrating both theology and economic theory. The body of literature addressing the Church’s approach to socio-economic issues is known as Catholic Social Teaching, or CST. I will use CST to describe the Catholic platform of normative economic justice, its justification of social theory, and the potential economic reality of such goals.
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Russell, Michael D.
"The Economic Agenda of Catholic Social Teaching: The Framework for a Normative Social Theory,"
Major Themes in Economics: Vol. 3
, Article 7.
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