Theology & Philosophy

Liberty, Capitalism, and Progress in Catholic Social Teaching


This conference explored the main aspects of Catholic Social Teaching (also called Catholic Social Thought, Catholic Social Doctrine, or Christian Social Thought) and how these relate to human liberty in general and the free market in particular.


Conference Readings

Grabill, Stephen, eds. Sourcebook in Late-Scholastic Monetary Theory, New York: Lexington, 2007.

Aquinas, Thomas (Saint). The Summa Theologica, Part II. Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1916. (accessed ).

Buttiglione, Rocco. The Moral Mandate for Freedom: Reflections on Centesimus Annus. Grand Rapids: Acton Institute, 1997.

Chafuen, Alejandro A. Faith and Liberty: The Economic Thought of the Late Scholastics. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2003.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. "Instruction on Aspects of the Theology of Liberation." Vatican Library. (March 2, 2009).

Gregg, Samuel. On Ordered Liberty: A Treatise on the Free Society. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2003.

Gutierrez, Gustavo. Theology of Liberation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1988.

Kohler, Thomas C., "In Praise of Little Platoons." in Building the Free Society, Edited by George Weigel and Robert Royal, . Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993.

Novak, Michael. The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York: Simon & Shuster, 1993.

Novak, Michael. Will it Liberate? Questions about Liberation Theology. New York: Paulist Press, 1986.

Pope Benedict XVI. "Deus Caritas Est." Vatican Library. (March 2, 2009).

Pope Benedict XVI. "Spe Salvi." Vatican Library. (March 2, 2009).

Pope Leo XIII. “Rerum Novarum (On New Things) [1891] .” Vatican Library. (May 3, 2016).

Pope Leo XIII, June 20, 1888. “Libertas (On the Nature of Human Liberty).” The Catholic Society. (March 15, 2012).

Pope Pius XI. "Quadragesimo Anno." Vatican Library. (March 2, 2009).

Roepke, Wilhelm, “Liberalism and Christianity” In Modern Age, edited by George A. Panichas, 513-519. Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1988.