Free markets must be at the service of the common good and enhance economic justice: Bishop Robert McElroy

Bishop Robert McElroy. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of San Diego

Bishop Robert McElroy. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of San Diego

In a presentation titled “Three Kinds of Erroneous Autonomy,” on Jan. 10 at a symposium organized by the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy said that the US must guard against “free market solutions” to our economic ills because they do not in and of themselves constitute a first principle of economic justice, which promotes the common good.

He went on to say, “The church must form deeper ties with labor to prevent the imperialism of markets from further crippling the right to organize and bargain collectively in coming years. One of the lynchpins of the tradition of Catholic teaching on economic justice is that the right to workers’ associations is not only an essential element of obtaining justice for the workers themselves, but that it also contributes to the common good of society as a whole.”

Bishop McElroy will be a plenary speaker at the 49th annual NFPC Convocation for Priests on April 27.

For Bishop McElroy’s entire talk, provided courtesy of the National Catholic Reporter (Jan. 11, 2017), click here.