In the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World today, we continue the Council’s look at politics.
“The political community exists, consequently, for the sake of the commongood, in which it finds its full justification and significance, and the source of its inherent legitimacy.”
We need to work together in order to “achieve a truly human life.” Further, our political authorities need to have real authority in order to be effective, but there are limits to this authority.
Here are the footnotes:
1. Cf. John XXIII, encyclical letter Mater et Magistra: AAS 53 (1961), p. 417.
2. Cf. John XXIII, ibid.
3. Cf. Rom. 13:1-5.
4. Cf. Rom. 13:5.