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Pope John Paul II

The first and fundamental structure for 'human ecology' is the family, in which man receives his first ideas about truth and goodness and learns what it means to love and be loved, and thus what it means to be a person.

May 1, 1991 - from Centesimus Annus
Besides the earth, man's principle resource is man himself.

1991 - from Centesimus Annus
Truth must be the foundation stone, the cement to solidify the entire social edifice.

May 18, 1988 - from an essay in the Times of London
The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.

The fundamental error of socialism is anthropological in nature. Socialism considers the individual person simply as an element, a molecule within the social organism, so that the good of the individual is completely subordinated to the functioning of the socio-economic mechanism. Socialism likewise maintains that the good of the individual can be realized without reference to his free choice, to the unique and exclusive responsibility which he exercises in the face of good or evil. Man is reduced to a series of social relationships, and the concept of the person as the autonomous subject of moral decisions disappears.

May 1, 1991 - from Centesimus Annus
Where self-interest is suppressed, it is replaced by a burdensome system of bureaucratic control that dries up the wellsprings of initiative and creativity.

May 1, 1991 - from Centesimus Annus