Catholic Opposition to State Intervention Before Rerum novarum

Day 4
Session 11
5:05 PM

The decades leading up to the release of Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum novarum (1891) were marked by an increasing recognition among Catholics that the "social question" urgently required an answer from the Church.  One of the focal points of this debate was the role that state intervention should play in the regulation of economic matters.  Ultimately, Rerum novarum endorsed the possibility of state action in certain instances, but this lecture will highlight Catholics who warned about the dangers of excessive state involvement during this period.

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