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Duties to civil authority

ON THE RIGHT USE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY & TAXES QUADRAGESIMO ANNO PIUS XI 49. It follows from what We have termed the individual and at the same time social character of ownership, that men …More
ON THE RIGHT USE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY & TAXES
QUADRAGESIMO ANNO
PIUS XI

49. It follows from what We have termed the individual and at the same time social character of ownership, that men must consider in this matter not only their own advantage but also the common good. To define these duties in detail when necessity requires and the natural law has not done so, is the function of those in charge of the State. Therefore, public authority, under the guiding light always of the natural and divine law, can determine more accurately upon consideration of the true requirements of the common good, what is permitted and what is not permitted to owners in the use of their property. Moreover, Leo XIII wisely taught "that God has left the limits of private possessions to be fixed by the industry of men and institutions of peoples."[32] That history proves ownership, like other elements of social life, to be not absolutely unchanging, We once declared as follows: "What divers forms …More