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Subsidiarity, anyone?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 23, 2004

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When was the last time you heard anyone-- anyone-- talk about the principle of subsidiarity?

Like most elements of Catholic social teaching, the principle of subsidiarity is a) not often discussed, b) widely misinterpreted when it is discussed, and c) sorely needed as an antidote to serious problems in the contemporary world.

Thanks to our friend Jeff Mirus, over on the CatholicCulture site, for a timely and accurate reminder of what subsidiarity means, and why we need it today.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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