Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching (book review)

A book review by The Movie Snob.

Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching, by Anthony Esolen  (Sophia Institute 2014).  I found this book a let-down.  I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting, but I think I was hoping for something like a legal brief.  Something that would say, “Here are the principles of Catholic social teaching, and here is how we derive them from the more fundamental principles of the Faith and from the Bible.”  But that’s not what this is.  It’s largely a survey of the social writings of Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903).  Esolen’s style isn’t logical and precise; it’s literary and emotional and reminds me a little of G.K. Chesterton.  In sum, I didn’t find it particularly helpful.

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