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Is Catholic Social Teaching the Same as Individual Contract Theory?

Controversy

Abstract

Charles Baird says that he, along with the papal encyclicals beginning with Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, “unequivocally endorse[s] some form of trade unionism.” I would like to test that assertion against what he has written on the subject of trade unions. What evidence is there in Baird’s writings for someone who hopes to discern the church’s teaching on labor unions? What is there in Baird’s written works that will shape someone’s opinion, their workplace, and maybe their actual trade unions for unequivocal support of unionism?

Brian Dijkema, "Is Catholic Social Teaching the Same as Individual Contract Theory?" Journal of Markets & Morality 17, no. 2 (Fall 2014): 517-524.


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