01-13-2019 Subsidiarity

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
JANUARY 13, 2019 - THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all or cannot so well do, for themselves — in their separate and individual capacities."

Abraham Lincoln
SUBSIDIARITY
Do others do for you what you can do for yourself?

Catholic Social Teaching (“CST”) teaches that the human person is the fundamental subject and object of every social organization. One purpose of any community is to secure the common good of its people. Recognizing this, the principle of “subsidiarity” was developed by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quadragesimo anno, published in 1931, when he wrote:
Just as it is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organizations can do. For every social activity ought of its very nature to furnish help to the members of the body social, and never destroy and absorb them (no. 79).
As further explained by St. John Paul II:
A community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good (Centesimus Annus, 48).
Subsidiarity is related to the CST principle of solidarity (see JOF article “Solidarity,” published on November 25, 2018). As the U.S. Bishops explain:
Two principles are particularly important: solidarity and subsidiarity. Solidarity recognizes that each of us is connected, and we all have the responsibility to care for one another, particularly for those who are poor and vulnerable. The principle of subsidiarity recognizes that issues should be addressed at the appropriate level of society with the capacity to do so. The community charged with promoting human life and dignity should be willing and able to meet its obligations as we collectively work for the common good (USCCB letter to U.S. Senate, dated March 3, 2017).
We must seek to find a proper balance between these two principles. Otherwise,
Solidarity without subsidiarity can easily degenerate into a ‘Welfare State’, while subsidiarity without solidarity runs the risk of encouraging forms of self-centred localism. In order to respect both of these fundamental principles, the [government’s] intervention in the economic environment must be neither invasive nor absent, but commensurate with society’s real needs (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, no. 351).
Reflect on Your Experience

How do you create a balance between your self-interests and the welfare of others?

Are the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity practiced in the communities to which you belong?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia
Videos
"The Principle of Subsidiarity"

"Subsidiarity - Catholic Social Teaching"

"Subsidiarity" (Fr. John Hollowell)

"Subsidiarity" (Omar Gutierrez)

"The Principle of Subsidiarity"

"Subsidiarity - Empowering Communities"

"The Principle of Subsidiarity"

"Solidarity and Subsidiarity"
Music
"Blest Be the Lord"

"Spirit and Grace"

"Nobody Like You"

Other Resources
"Subsidiarity is a Two-Sided Coin"

"Subsidiarity"

"Subsidiarity" (Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis)

"How to Understand Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity and Subsidiarity"

Letter to the U.S. Senate, dated May 2, 2016 (Archbishop Thomas Wenski)

"Catholic Social Teaching" Subsidiarity"

"Subsidiarity: What It Really Means"

"Quadragesimo Anno" ("In the 40th Year") - "On Reconstruction of the Social Order"  (Pope Pius XI)

"Letter to the U.S. Senate, dated March 3, 2017" (USCCB)

"What is the Principle of Subsidiarity"

"Call to Family Community and Participation" (USCCB)

Other Prayer and Spiritual Practices

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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