Rev. Thomas G. Morrow About Rev. Thomas G. Morrow

Reverend Thomas G. Morrow has a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. Fr. Morrow is a priest of the Washington (DC) Archdiocese. He is the author of several books, including Be Holy: A Catholic's Guide to the Spiritual Life. His website is:


  1. Avatar P Thomas McGuire says:


    Your arguments against socialism are as you point out deeply rooted in Catholic Social Teaching. It seems to me there is also in your arguments a strong bias for human ideologies that favor capitalism.

    I wonder why as you discuss private property you do not explain the critical principle of the universal destination of goods and private property?

    The Compendium of Catholic Social Doctrine states: “Private property is an essential element of an authentically social and democratic economic policy, and it is the guarantee of a correct social order.” Par 176

    But it goes on to state, which I find missing in your description of private property:
    “Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute and untouchable: ‘On the contrary, it has always understood this right within the broader context of the right common to all to use the goods of the whole of creation: the right to private property is subordinated to the right to common use, to the fact that goods are meant for everyone.’ The principle of the universal destination of goods is an affirmation both of God’s full and perennial lordship over every reality and of the requirement that the goods of creation remain ever destined to the development of the whole person and of all humanity. This principle is not opposed to the right to private property but indicates the need to regulate it. Private property, in fact, regardless of the concrete forms of the regulations and juridical norms relative to it, is in its essence only an instrument for respecting the principle of the universal destination of goods; in the final analysis, therefore, it is not an end but a means.” Par 177

    We are moving into the new world order, where the economic system, we are accustomed to think of as the best, will be challenged by China. It will be wise for all of humanity to reflect on the sermons of St. John Chrysostom (c. 347-407). This is a quote that seems appropriate to this dialogue.

    “…[H]e is not rich who is surrounded by many possessions, but he who does not need many possessions; and he is not poor who possesses nothing, but he who requires many things. We ought to consider this to be the distinction between poverty and wealth. When, therefore, you see any one longing for many things, esteem him of all men the poorest, even though he possess all manner of wealth; again, when you see one who does not wish for many things, judge him to be of all men most affluent, even if he possess nothing. For by the condition of our mind, not by the quantity of our material wealth, should it be our custom to distinguish between poverty and affluence…