[Catholic social teaching] is one of the greatest treasures that the Churches globally have to offer, and even many Catholics don’t know much about it. Starting with Rerum Novarum in the late 19th Century and going through to the remarkable development under John Paul II and Benedict XVI, with a lot in between, particularly around Vatican II. I think in those you see a comprehensively thought through structure of approach to the way we order society in a way that reflects Christian teaching, Christian values: the love, the integrity of Jesus Christ. I think it is a huge treasure for the whole Church to learn from.
These are the words of Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby, in a recent Vatican Radio interview. Welby is the newly enthroned Archbishop of Canterbury, which makes him the spiritual leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans. He commented in the same interview, “You lot have kept Catholic social teaching far too well hidden.”
(That’s Archbishop Welby in the photo, with his wife Caroline.)