Tag : property rights

Written on Jul, 31, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

While the destruction of property is not as morally serious as homicide, neither are morally acceptable. The inability–or what is worse, unwillingness–to acknowledge that both are wrong is a sin against both justice and charity. The open assault on property taking place in cities across the country is clearly a campaign of violence. After all, a standard dictionary definition of …

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Written on Mar, 07, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Guns for sale are seen inside of Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, February 28, 2018. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) (National Review) The stores stopped selling firearms to people under 21 after the Parkland shooting.A 20-year-old is hitting Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart with lawsuits accusing them of discriminating against him based on age. The stores stated they would no longer sell …

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Written on Feb, 13, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Sometimes in our zeal to defend the poor and oppressed and to include those on the margins of society, we overlook the importance of property right and economic liberty. We don’t help the poor by curtailing the rights of the middle class or wealthy.

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Written on Sep, 15, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Another benefit of private property, not so clearly economic, is that it diffuses power. When one entity, such as the government, owns all property, individuals have little protection from the will of the government. The institution of private property gives many individuals a place to call their own, a place where they are safe from depredation by others and by …

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Written on Jun, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Historically at least diocesan control over parochial property is typically aspirational rather than actual. For example, in traditionally Orthodox countries, the Orthodox Church is an established Church and, as such, the ultimate control of Church property belongs to the State.

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Written on Dec, 04, 2015 by in | 1 Comment.

Though the dioceses and monastic communities had by the end 6th century in the aggregate amassed a great deal of wealth, what mattered most was the ability of Church leaders—clerical and lay—to use that wealth in a manner consonant (or sadly not) with the Gospel. Or what today we call “property rights.”

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Written on Nov, 20, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Property rights in the social realm fulfill a similar function as does asceticism in the personal realm. In both, human desire and ingenuity are progressively conformed to the divine will and so transfigured without loss of what is truly unique to the person.

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Written on Oct, 02, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

A right that can’t be enforced isn’t particularly valuable. As we’ve seen, the canons of the Church assume a basic right to property. The question now is whether Orthodox Social Thought (OST) offer more than merely theoretical support to property.

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Written on Aug, 26, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

The canons of the Church affirm the fundamental moral goodness of property. That doesn’t mean that all uses of property are equally virtuous (or sinful).

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Written on Aug, 20, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Given its status as local and not ecumenical, we ought not to make too much of the council’s comments on property which are, at best, tangential to the primary concern of reconciling apostates. Nevertheless, the off handed way in which property is mentioned suggests the moral importance of property.

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