Reconstruction of The Social Order
by Neilan D’souza
Dear Readers, in this month’s issue of the E-Newsletter we try and understand the teachings of the Papal Encyclical ‘Quadragesimo Anno’ published by Pope Pius XI in 1931. This encyclical commemorated the 40th anniversary of Rerum Novarum (1891), which was published by the preceding Pope Leo XIII. Both these encyclicals are highly valued because of the social conscience they brought into the faithful and the church and encouraged them to involve deeply in the matters of the society at the time. Quadragesimo Anno focuses on two key principles which need to be part of every planning or decision making process in the world even today. Pope Pius XI calls for the reconstruction of the social order based on the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity.
Why Solidarity ?
Solidarity fosters kinship which is crucial for the betterment of all. Being aware of the needs and struggles of one another, coming together on shared interests and matters; and building meaningful and empathetic relationships make us more humane. Thus making Solidarity a significant concept in Catholic Social Teaching.
The Catholic Social Teaching of Subsidiarity designates responsibility upon each one of us, either individually or collectively depending on our capability to solve problems or issues in our society. The idea of Subsidiarity makes every individual, group, Family, Community, Church, Society and The Government at large responsible of their duties to create an environment free from Socio- Economic problems.
Living in this pandemic and realising the deteriorating sense of responsibility by the Governments and other Institutions it is high time that the reconstruction of the social order takes place. As ‘People of God’ it is our duty to participate in solidarity and practice subsidiarity because the responsibility of creating a conscious, safe, sensitive, united and peaceful world is upon us.