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Kelo v. New London, Property Rights, and Catholic Social Thought

Over at Mirror of Justice, there is some excellent commentary on the Takings Clause of the 5th Amendment (as now understood by the Supreme Court in Kelo v. New London) and its (in)consistency with Catholic Social Thought.

Of particular note is the debate whether individual property rights help foster both community life and the common good, or, put another way, are property rights the basis of stable communities. As I argued at the Chesterton conference last weekend, emphatically, YES!

So far, no one has thought to mention Aquinas's writings on these questions. Dust off your Summas boys! Go to the Secunda Secundae, q. 66, art. 1,2,7. Then, dive into Rerum Novarum and Quadragesimo Anno.

Go read the conversation, including posts by Rob Vischer, Rick Garnett, Mark Sargent, Garnett II, Garnett III, and John O'Callaghan.

Thanks to a great blog for taking time to discuss this important issue.

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