Daily Catholic Quiz – Catholic Social Thought: Relationships Among Associations and Among Individuals

Question: “Just as it is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organizations can do. For every social activity ought of its very nature to furnish help to the members of the body social, and never destroy and absorb them.”

  1. What Principle (or theme) of Catholic Social Teaching is described above?
  2. Who is the author of this quote?
  3. In what document is it found?

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  1. Ans: (1) The Principle of Catholic Social Teaching addressed in the quote is Subsidiarity. (2) The author is Pope Pius XI. (3) The quote is from Quadragesimo Anno (Forty years), his Encyclical on Reconstruction of the Social Order, published in 1931, 40 years after Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum.

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