Gruppo Centesimus Annus UK – Prossima riunione 25 gennaio 2021

Dear all,

Blessings, health and prosperity for the new year.

We next meet, virtually, on Monday, 25th January from 6 – 7:30pm GMT

A calendar invite with Zoom details will follow shortly.

In our two previous sessions, we examined in some depth the legal / philosophical underpinnings of government authority, its source and limits.

Our next session will move to economic policy and questions of social justice.

As always, our starting point is to consider what the Church has to say on these matters.

Our topic is : “Catholic social teaching and the welfare state – the challenges of the 21st century”

Example of points that will be addressed:

  • What does the Church have to say about the equitable distribution of income and opportunity?
  • Is a universal basic income justified?
  • Where does/should government welfare end and charity and mutual aid begin?
  • What role does the Church have to play?
  • The family and poverty. What is the role of the state in supporting the family?

In order to come prepared, please try to read the following texts. Most are very short.

Prof. Philip Booth – an active Centesimus Annus UK member – will be our next guest speaker

Edward Hadas – also an active Centesimus Annus UK member – will offer a brief response to Prof. Booth, as discussant, before we open the floor to wider debate and Q&A

Their bios are below. Both have written or edited excellent, book-length commentaries on Catholic Social Teaching, available here :
and here :

Prof. Philip Booth

Philip Booth is (interim) Director of Catholic Mission and Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. He is also Director of the Vinson Centre for the Public Understanding of Economics and Entrepreneurship at the University of Buckingham. He teaches on the MA in Catholic Social Teaching at St. Mary’s and edits the Catholic social thought blog at:

He has previously worked at Cass Business School, the Bank of England, the Institute of Economic Affairs and Axa.

Philip is also editor and co-author of the book Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy, which can be downloaded in full from:

Edward Hadas

Edward Hadas is a Research Scholar at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, as well as a Fellow at the  Institute of Human Ecology, Catholic University of America and a Visiting Senior Fellow for the School of Management and Social Sciences, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK. Educated at Columbia University, Oxford University and the State University of New York at Binghamton, he worked for many years as a financial analyst and then as a journalist, mostly at Reuters Breakingviews but also for one year as Assistant Editor of the Lex column of the Financial Times. His book, Counsels of Imperfection: Thinking through Catholic Social Teaching was published by Catholic University of America Press in 2020. Human Goods, Economic Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science was published by ISI books in 2007. He lives in Oxford, UK. Edward says the following with respect to his interest in CST : “I want to show how finance can serve economics and economics can serve the common good. I believe Catholic Social Teaching can help.”

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Looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting,