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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 2. March 13, 1952

Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Mr. K. B. O'Brien, M.Com.

Mr. D. G. Nolan.

In the political and social sphere which is only incidental to spiritual sphere and the saving of souls the Church only takes a secondary and general interest so that men may not be so oppressed and suffering as to be unable to love and think about God and their neighbours.

Here the counsels of the Church are general guides but the discussion was vigorous. Worker-ownership, distributism and cooperation received more compliments than present day capitalism. The major controversy was: Christianise capitalism or find a better system to replace it?

Collectivisation either by monopoly or by state was rejected at once in favour of a recognition of the responsible nature which Christians regard as the essence of a free man. The exact nature of a Christian system would require intense study, gradual development and hard work, but in the end men must be free to know and serve God and man.