Pope Francis and economic democracy: Understanding Pope Francis’s Radical (yet) practical approach to political economy

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Braun, S. Stewart 2020. Pope Francis and economic democracy: Understanding Pope Francis’s Radical (yet) practical approach to political economy. Theological Studies. 81 (1), pp. 203 - 224. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040563920907077
AuthorsBraun, S. Stewart
Abstract

This article explains how Pope Francis’s economic views are both radical and practical. His views are practical in the sense that they are sensitive to social realities, not theoretical abstractions; and they are radical in the sense that they undermine traditional economic ideologies. To demonstrate these points, I show how Francis’s pronouncements are consistent with “economic democracy.” In economic democracy efforts are made to create a more equal dispersal of capital assets and the economy is more squarely oriented around fundamental human ends, including the common good, human dignity, equality and opportunity, meaningful work, ecological responsibility, and solidarity.

Keywordscapitalism; Centesimus Annus; economic democracy; Evangelii Gaudium; equality; ideology; justice; Laudato Si’; neo-liberalism; Pope Francis; socialism
Year2020
JournalTheological Studies
Journal citation81 (1), pp. 203 - 224
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
ISSN0040-5639
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0040563920907077
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85083438851
Page range203 - 224
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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