This week we have another video from the “Sensus Fidelium” YouTube channel. Yes (as we’ve said before), it’s a “Catholic channel,” and if you search through the thousands of hours of programming on the channel, you will find a great deal of material oriented to Catholics. There’s a bit of that in these videos, too (of course), but the primary emphasis is on the “natural law” aspect of Catholic social teaching, so you can mentally filter out the explicitly Catholic material if you’ve a mind to, and you won’t miss anything.
This week’s video looks at how the socialists and modernists (be aware that these terms may mean something other than what you’re used to — keep in mind that the video was made for a “Catholic audience,” and you might not agree with a number of things) managed to seize control of the interpretation of Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical, Rerum Novarum (“New Things”; “On Labor and Capital”), and completely change the obvious meaning in § 46 of the document:
“We have seen that this great labor question cannot be solved save by assuming as a principle that private ownership must be held sacred and inviolable. The law, therefore, should favor ownership, and its policy should be to induce as many as possible of the people to become owners.”
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And, in case you missed one of the exciting past episodes, here they are: