Subsidiarity is Personal Autonomy

Posted July 1, 2016 9:52 am by Editor

Subsidiarity is Personal Autonomy

During the referendum campaign, not only Catholics but many others referred to the principle of Subsidiarity and giving it as a reason to ‘repatriate’ powers from Brussels to London. Some people quote subsidiarity as a principle for democracy, with a preference for national or local democracy.This is a misunderstanding, that much under-rated pope, Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo anno, (79) says:It [Subsidiarity] is a fundamental principle of social philosophy, fixed and unchangeable, that one should not withdraw from individuals and commit to the community what they can accomplish by their own enterprise and industry. Thus it is about personal autonomy and

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