#32 – The Catholic Worker Virtual Conference (Part 1/2)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rzebu-f6c661 In the first half of our episode on the Catholic Worker Zoom Conference of 2020, we talk about the history of such gatherings, the opening presentations, and the small group discussion.  Links Episode #4: On the Origins of the Catholic Worker Movement All-night Vigil (March for Life) - Announcement Flyers The Official Catholic Worker … Continue reading #32 – The Catholic Worker Virtual Conference (Part 1/2)

The Old Limits of the Merchant Class

[Trading for profit] is justly deserving of blame, because, considered in itself, it satisfies the greed for gain, which knows no limit and tends to infinity. Hence trading, considered in itself, has a certain debasement attaching thereto... Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae II-II. Q77. A4. co. The merchant class is a group of people who, … Continue reading The Old Limits of the Merchant Class

Understanding the Social Sin of Usury

 The iniquity of money-lending must absolutely be abjured, and the gain which lacks all humanity must be shunned. A man's possessions are indeed multiplied by these unrighteous and sorry means, but the mind's wealth decays because usury of money is the death of the soul. —Saint Pope Leo the Great, Sermon 17 Many today have … Continue reading Understanding the Social Sin of Usury

The Economics of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas is often considered the greatest Doctor of the Church and the towering mind of medieval society. In 1879, Pope Leo XIII devoted an encyclical to restoring the study of Thomism in Christian philosophy: We exhort you, venerable brethren, in all earnestness to restore the golden wisdom of St. Thomas, and to spread … Continue reading The Economics of Saint Thomas Aquinas

St. John Chrysostom: Should we not make it a Heaven upon earth?

The following is an excerpt from Homily XI of Saint John Chrysostom's preaching on the Acts of the Apostles. The italicized quotations from Scripture are from Acts 4, where the communes of the early Christians are described. The entire sermon can be found here. Chrysostom is a Doctor of the Church known for his preaching … Continue reading St. John Chrysostom: Should we not make it a Heaven upon earth?

Integralism: the Politics of Virtue and the Common Good

Catholic Integralism is a tradition of thought that, rejecting the liberal separation of politics from concern with the end of human life, holds that political rule must order man to his final goal. Since, however, man has both a temporal and an eternal end, integralism holds that there are two powers that rule him: a … Continue reading Integralism: the Politics of Virtue and the Common Good

Community in the Premodern Village

For the vast majority of human history, men and women were born and raised in rich community. While the family is the "first society", the foundation of civilization, and the state is the "complete society", the fulfillment of civilization, the village is one of the many essential "middle-level" communities which come together to form a … Continue reading Community in the Premodern Village

The Melting Pot of Whiteness

The United States is often called a great melting pot of immigrants. But because of the insatiable greed of early American capitalists, the beautiful potential of this heritage was thrown into chaos, hatred, and disorder.  Horrible crimes were committed on all immigrants to establish the racial hierarchy: many know how wealthy plantation masters and land … Continue reading The Melting Pot of Whiteness

The Black Napoleon of Integralism

In 1492, Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola, destined to become the epicenter of the world’s most despicable slavery trade. On his second voyage there, he brought sugar, the first consumer product of capitalism. Under the French, the region today called Haiti became her most prosperous colony due to sugar plantations. The backbreaking toil … Continue reading The Black Napoleon of Integralism

Racism is a Tool to Divide the Working-Class

Under capitalism, a very small number of super-rich owners, called capitalists, control the vast majority of society. Because they are incredibly outnumbered by the working-class, capitalists have always needed many tools to divide and conquer workers. From early on in modernity, racism has been one of these essential tools. Throughout Latin America, where Catholicism was … Continue reading Racism is a Tool to Divide the Working-Class