A reader writes:
I have a friend who is a recently converted Catholic and a longtime believer in limited government. He insists that his approach to government mirrors that of the Catholic Church and that to be a Catholic one has to be a believer in subsidiarity. In this view he argues, government has to decentralize as much as possible. He feels that to be a good Catholic, one must adhere to this view. Is this accurate?
No. It’s not. Not that he’s wrong about subsidiarity. It is most certainly an aspect of Catholic social teaching. Basically, subsidiarity means “The people closest to the problem should, as a general rule, take care of the problem.” So, for instance, instead of...READ MORE