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The Enclosure of the Commons

The great landlords destroyed deliberately and of set purpose and to their own advantage the common rights over common land. The small plutocracy with which they were knit up, and with whose mercantile elements they were now fused, directed everything to its own ends. That strong central government which should protect the community against the … Continue reading The Enclosure of the Commons

What is a “Just Wage” in Catholic Social Teaching?

Would that these words, written at a time [1891] when what has been called "unbridled capitalism" was pressing forward, should not have to be repeated today [1991] with the same severity. Unfortunately, even today one finds instances of contracts between employers and employees which lack reference to the most elementary justice regarding the employment of … Continue reading What is a “Just Wage” in Catholic Social Teaching?

Summer Internship Application for Tradistae

Tradistae is seeking a volunteer intern for Summer of 2021 (mid-June to early September) Qualifications: We are looking for a practicing Catholic with an active prayer life and a firm desire for sanctity. The applicant should have both traditionalist and social justice sensibilities, that is, an orthodox adherence to all doctrines of the Church and … Continue reading Summer Internship Application for Tradistae

Easy Excerpt: Dostoyevsky on the Age of Isolation

The following is an excerpt from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyoder Dostoyevsky, one of Dorothy Day’s favorite novels. The excerpt is taken from Book VI: “The Russian Monk”, Chapter II: “The Duel”, in which Father Zossima gives recollections of his youth before he became a monk. “What then, you don’t believe it,” he said. “You … Continue reading Easy Excerpt: Dostoyevsky on the Age of Isolation

Private Property in Classical Liberalism vs. Christian Tradition

Community of goods is ascribed to the natural law, not that the natural law dictates that all things should be possessed in common and that nothing should be possessed as one's own: but because the division of possessions is not according to the natural law, but rather arose from human agreement which belongs to positive … Continue reading Private Property in Classical Liberalism vs. Christian Tradition

Laudato Si’: Cities Must Have an Integral Ecology

Summary: Due to "unruly growth", many cities have become inefficient, polluted, ugly, and congested (§ 44). Where nature does exist in these cities, it is often inaccessible to the poor (§ 45). Ecology must "incorporate the history, culture and architecture of each place" to create a "habitable city" (§ 143). In mega-cities, overcrowding spawns violence … Continue reading Laudato Si’: Cities Must Have an Integral Ecology

Planning, Regulation, and Distributive Justice

On the second place there is the order of the whole towards the parts, to which corresponds the order of that which belongs to the community in relation to each single person. This order is directed by distributive justice, which distributes common goods proportionately. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae II-II. Q61. A1. co. All people … Continue reading Planning, Regulation, and Distributive Justice

The Ecological Embertides

Tradistae marks the change of each season by recognizing the traditional Embertides, a penitential devotion which dates back to the Church Fathers. Here are our prayers and readings for each Embertide: Spring Embertide (after the Feast of Saint Lucy)Summer Embertide (after Ash Wednesday)Fall Embertide (after Pentecost Sunday)Winter Embertide (after Holy Cross Day)

Speaking Requests

Sean Domencic (formerly published as Thomas Hackett) is the co-founder and director of Tradistae. For more information about our volunteer staff, click here. To request Sean to speak at conferences, rallies, and parishes, or to lead retreats and workshops, please fill out our contact form. A list of talk topics will be available soon. "Dorothy … Continue reading Speaking Requests