Tradition, Family, and Property

December 17, 2020

William Frederick Yeames: On the Boulevards, Dinan

The true cell of Catholic society is not only the family, but also tradition and property.

Since History began, the family and private property have existed.

We are not speaking of a cold and fortuitous coexistence between one and another institution, but of an intimate symbiosis which has endured uninterruptedly until our days.

Lower-Austrian Peasant Wedding by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

Already at first glance, this symbiosis denotes a profound affinity linking private property and the family.

Catholic doctrine praises familial property more than it does individual property.

The family visit by Emile Auguste Pinchart.

Heredity is an institution in which the family and property embrace on another.

While for the individual to work, accumulate, and prosper is frequently more a right than a duty, for the head of a family it is generally a right more than a duty

O Universo é uma Catedral: Excertos do pensamento de Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira recolhidos por Leo Daniele, Edições Brasil de Amanhã, São Paulo, 1997.

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