Is the Church Paternalistic in Prescribing the Common Good?

Revd Dr Patrick Riordan
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17:30 - 18:30
Campion Hall - Online Lecture Series
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Hybrid/Online event

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Lectures and seminars
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The sixth lecture in The D'Arcy Lectures series, exploring the concept of Common Good through the three lenses of Aristotle’s philosophy, Catholic teaching, and contemporary political liberalism.

Pope Francis challenges politicians to care for the earth and care for the poor. The Vatican Council dares to tell the state what its purpose is. Do Church authorities infringe on the autonomy of civil authorities in doing so? Is the Church in danger of ‘imposing’ its view of the good on others? This lecture considers issues of solidarity, knowledge of others’ interests, distinction of types of goods, and the limits of permissibility in caring for others’ wellbeing.

This year’s D’Arcy Lectures are delivered by Revd Dr Patrick Riordan.