Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pope Leo XIII and Social Justice

Pope Leo XII's spanned much of the second part of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th century.

Across the world, the Industrial Revolution was taking hold, and as a result wealth, factories, and land ("capital") began to be concentrated on those persons who were competitive and adept at making profits reinvesting them into the business, and usually keeping a large profit for themselves.

Like many, Leo XII recognized some of the inequities of the capitalistic system, and in his writings he suggested that the ideal form of government might involved both capitalism and some ideals from a socialistic philosophy.

This medal, issued during his Papacy, has an uncommon presentation of the Cross.
There are rays that project out in all directions--suggesting the worldwide reach of Leo's papacy, and perhaps even their transmission into the future. One might also suggest the power of the Holy Spirit in this graphic but symbolic representation

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