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    in which era in which country.  To take a couple of extremes, you've got the Spanish hierarchy supporting Franco in the Civil War at the same time that Dorothy Day and Peter Marin were starting the Catholic Worker movement in the U.S.  Or you've got different segments of even just the hierarchy itself on different sides of the oligarchic-reformist conflicts in Latin America over the last 40 years.  

            There certainly always has been a social justice ethic in Church dogma, formalized in "Rerum Novarum," which pretty much reads like a manifesto of the right of labor to organize, which was pretty "radical" for 1891.  But there's always been a huge part of both the hierarchy and laity that has hated both that ethic in general and that encyclical specifically, so that they have ususually been honored more in the breech than in the observance.  And, of course, the same is true of the Church's pacifistic ethic and "Pacem in Terris."

            Maybe the papacy of Francis will be longer than that of Pope John so that Francis's influence on the Church regarding social justice will be more pervasive and long-lasting than John's influence on Catholic views of war-and-peace issues.  Of course, the two are inextricable, which is why the Catholic Worker and the Catholic Peace Followship have been so closely related for decades.  And why prelates like old Cardinal Spellman who were unabashed militarists ("Praise the Ammunition & Pass the Lord") also lived in luxury and befriended social reactionaries.

    "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

    by Oliver St John Gogarty on Wed May 01, 2013 at 03:04:45 PM PDT

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