Robert Sirico’s “Reading Centesimus Annus” article has been reprinted in the latest Religion & Liberty issue from Acton Institute. Here is an excerpt:
When read for its own sake, Centesimus Annus emerges as an uncompromising rejection of collectivism in its Marxist, communist, socialist, and even welfare-statist manifestations. While the encyclical allows for a certain amount of intervention by the state in such areas as wage levels, social security, unemployment insurance, and the like (always according to subsidiarity and only for the sake of the common good),Centesimus Annus also expresses repeated concern for observing the principle of subsidiarity and warns against the effects of intervention on both the economic prosperity of a nation and the dignity and rights of each person.
You can read the entire article here.