Pius XI 1922-1939

The Authority of the Church in Social and Economic Affairs *


[From the Encyclical, “Quadragesimo anno,” May 15, 1931]


2253 The principle which Leo XIII clearly established long ago must be rayed down, that there rest in us the right and the duty of passing judgment with supreme authority on these social and economic problems.*. . . For, although economic affairs and moral discipline make use of their own principles, each in its own sphere, nevertheless, it is false to say that the economic and the moral order are so distinct and alien to each other that the former in no way depends on the latter.

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