Part I will examine some salient differences between Rerum Novarum and Centesimus Annus with respect to the nature of the political state. In Part II, we will take up the problem of rights. In particular, we shall ask why the encyclical never mentions the term “natural law” even though it contains several enthusiastic references to natural rights. I conclude by taking a broader measure of the discussion, especially in terms of the cultural and religious issues.
The Problem of the State in Centesimus Annus,
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