Friday, August 7, 2020

The Liturgy the Basis of Social Regeneration

Dom Virgil Michel, OSB, originally in a 1935 issue of Orate, Frates, republished at Adoremus Bulletin.
"'It is true, indeed,' says our encyclical [Quadragesimo Anno], 'that a just freedom of action should be left to individual citizens and families.' Hence this Collectivism is wrong in fact and principle. To quote again: 'Just as it is wrong to withdraw from the individual and commit to the community at large what private enterprise and industry can accomplish, so too it is an injustice, a grave evil and a disturbance of the right order for a larger and higher organization to arrogate to itself functions which can be performed efficiently by smaller and lower bodies…. Of its very nature the true aim of all social activity should be to help individual members of the social body, but never to destroy or absorb them.'"