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John Paul II and the contemporary economic order

Institute of Philosophy and Theology of Society of Jesus
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  • Economics
  • Education
  • Political Science
  • Religious Science


In his interpretation of the tasks of the economy – in the social encyclicals Laborem exercens, Sollicitudo rei socialis, Centesimus annus – John Paul II evades the ideological trap by drawing on Theology and thus giving his teaching a universal human dimension. The theological character of the Social Teachings of the Church is analysed from the following vantage points: (1) their supraideological dimension, (2) the advantageousness and relativity of the economic neoclassical model, and (3) the 'economic' teachings of John Paul II.

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