Subsidiarity, Solidarity, Charity and Justice
“The principle of subsidiarity must remain closely linked to the principle of solidarity and vice versa, since the former without the latter gives way to social privatism, while the latter without the former gives way to paternalist social assistance that is demeaning to those in need” (emphasis in original).
“I cannot ‘give’ what is mine to the other, without first giving him what pertains to him in justice…If we love others with charity, then first of all we are just towards them.”
–Pope Benedict, Charity in Truth
For more, read this insightful editorial on solidarity, subsidiarity, charity and justice: