The Church Does Not Manifest Any Preference for Political Systems or Institutional Solutions

August 1, 2011


John Paul II says in the encyclical Sollicitudo rei socialis (December 30, 1987):


“The Church does not propose economic and political systems or programs nor does she show preference for one or another, provided that human dignity is properly respected and promoted, and provided she herself is allowed the room she needs to exercise her ministry in the world.”

In the encyclical Centesimus annus (May 1, 1991), John Paul II states:


“The Church respects the legitimate autonomy of the democratic order and is not entitled to express preferences for this or that institutional or constitutional solution. Her contribution to the political order is precisely her vision of the dignity of the person revealed in all its fullness in the mystery of the Incarnate Word.”


Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites in the Allocutions of Pius XII: A Theme Illuminating American Social History (York, Penn.: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, 1993), Appendix IV, p. 396.




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