What an excellent look at (a part of) the Catholic case against libertarianism – beginning with the flawed anthropology that libertarian ideology depends upon. In the context of Catholic school leadership, I am a firm believer that our schools must intentionally disrupt the contemporary power of the libertarian view of the human person with the profound vision of Catholic anthropology in any and every way charity allows.


The centerpiece of the recent Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism conference was Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga’s keynote address, which was followed by an excellent, thoughtful response by Bishop Blase Cupich. The Cardinal was introduced by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who described Pope Francis’ commitment to workers and their families while movingly recounting how the Church served as “a refuge against injustice” and “a flesh-and-blood sanctuary” for those fighting for economic justice, including those in his own family.

The keynote, given by Pope Francis’ closest adviser, has sparked a big reaction in Catholic intellectual circles, which hopefully will reach the average Catholic. Libertarianism is so pervasive in American politics that all Americans would benefit from hearing a critique of this ideology, particularly Catholic Americans, who are not at all immune from its appeal. Here’s a quick recap of the two speeches:

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