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The Church and Capitalism: What Subsidiarity Tells Us
Benjamin Wiker, National Catholic Register

Does capitalism mean championing the belief that the sole aim of government is the protection of private property, and that each person has an absolute right to do whatever he wants with his own property? The Church says No to both.

Q&A: Jay Richards on Economic Myths, the Morality of Budgets, and More
Values & Capitalism

Jay Richards recently answered questions for Values & Capitalism related to economic myths, the morality of budgets, matching good principles with good policy, and more.

The Vatican and the Rule of Law
Robert John Araujo, SJ, Mirror of Justice

On this past Monday, Archbishop Dominque Mamberti, the Secretary for Relations with States of the Roman Curia (essentially the Vatican’s foreign minister), made an important statement at the first-ever high-level meeting on the rule of law at the national and international levels at the the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Shady Ethics of ‘The Obama Phone’
Timothy Dalrymple, Philosophical Fragments

The government forces phone providers to pay a fee in support of the Lifeline program, and phone service providers in turn force their American customers – taxpayers – to pay a fee. It’s not unreasonable to call this a tax, even if it’s a tax that’s trying to avoid being called a tax.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).