Why do we have a problem with social inequality?

May 9, 2013

inequalityBefore beginning the study of Pius XII’s allocutions to the Roman Patriciate and Nobility, it seems useful to forestall any shock that the reading of these commentaries may cause in people influenced by today’s radically egalitarian populism.

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The same shock may also come to others—perhaps even some belonging to the nobility or analogous elites—who fear infuriating the partisans of this populism with the frank and uninhibited assertion of many of the themes articulated in this work. To prevent this, we shall first set forth the true Catholic doctrine on the just and proportioned inequalities in the social and political hierarchies.

Francis Aungier Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford. Catholic peer and a socialist. Photo by Allan Warren

Francis Aungier Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford. Catholic peer and a socialist. Photo by Allan Warren

 

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), 25.

 

 

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