Fratelli Tutti

Fratelli Tutti: A Socialist-Utopian, Ecumenical-Interreligious Encyclical

The new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti (hereafter FT), is an atypical papal document. First, because, contrary to tradition, it is not addressed to the Catholic bishops, clergy, or faithful.1 Instead, it is written for “all people of goodwill, regardless of their religious convictions.”2 Second, because it is not inspired by Sacred Scripture, Fathers or Doctors of the …

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I’m Catholic. Can I Disagree With Pope Francis on Property?

Pope Francis’s encyclical Fratelli Tutti presents a dilemma for all who defend the right of private property. On the one hand, the teaching document Pope Francis signed on 3rd October questions this right. On the other, past popes, theologians, and canonists have always taught that private ownership, as it is largely practiced, is just and necessary …

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