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Catholic Social Teaching And The Origins Of European Union

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  • Tiberiu Brailean

    () (Faculty of Economy and Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania)

  • Aurelian-Petrus Plopeanu

    () (Department of Interdisciplinary Research in Social-Human Sciences, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania)

Abstract

Many papal encyclicals were not directly concerned about the appearance of European Union due to many historical, political and social contexts. The fundamental principles developed through several encyclicals from early 19th century to the present day reaffirmed the neutrality of the Church regarding to many forms of government. But the most important idea has its root in the restoration of the Christian principles in society. In a time of de-Christianization and secularism, the role of Church as the foundation of peace is also important to notice. It was considered that every modern democracy is the image of the revealed heart of the universal law of charity (Jacques Maritain). That is why between a supranational entity like the European Union and the Catholic Church should be a friendly and close relationship. A unite Europe has its roots in Christianity, especially in Catholicism. The soul of Europe is animated by religious principles. Whether we talk about Schuman or Adenauer, their Christian faith is the engine for their political success. After the Second World War, in Western Europe, the Christian democratic parties had a huge impact for the democratic governance. The socio-economic policies of these parties were anchored in Catholic social teaching.

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  • Tiberiu Brailean & Aurelian-Petrus Plopeanu, 2014. "Catholic Social Teaching And The Origins Of European Union," CES Working Papers, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 6(2a), pages 16-30, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:jes:wpaper:y:2014:v:6:i:2a:p:16-30
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    Keywords

    Catholic Church; social teaching; encyclicals; Christian democrats; Europe Romania;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion

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