Archive Civic Polity Economics Natural Law Reformed Irenicism W. Bradford Littlejohn

Recovering the Catholic Doctrine of Private Property, Pt. 2

Pt. 2: A Critical Examination of Catholic Social Teaching on the Question of Private Property (See Pt. 1 for an introduction to the theoretical issues at stake in this discussion) Having at great length defined the nature of our quarry, we are now in a position to sift through the documents of Catholic Social Teaching […]

Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

Prof. Pryor on Property and Contracts

Professor Scott Pryor of Regent University School of Law has posted a short response to Dr. Littlejohn’s initial essay on private property, and you can read it here. While appreciative of Dr. Littlejohn’s argument, Professor Pryor emphasizes the necessary role of contracts in property rights, and he argues that both “rights” and “right order” are […]

Archive Civic Polity Natural Law W. Bradford Littlejohn

Recovering the Catholic Doctrine of Private Property (Pt. 1)

Part I: On Property Rights—Subjective and Objective, Human and Natural A. Private Property, Law, and Human Rights 1. The background of the debate A couple of weeks ago, in response to an interesting interchange between the Catholic bloggers Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry (or PEG) and Elizabeth Bruenig on the subject of private property, natural rights, and positive […]