Research Handbook on Not-For-Profit Law
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Research Handbook on Not-For-Profit Law

Edited by Matthew Harding

This Research Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of scholarship on not-for-profit law. The chapters, written by world leading experts, explore key ideas and debates in relation to: theories of the not-for-profit sector, the composition and scope of that sector, not-for-profit organisations and the constitution, the legal conception of charity, the tax treatment of not-for-profit organisations and the regulation of not-for-profits. The book serves to represent not-for-profit law as a field of academic inquiry, and to point the way to future research in that field.
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Chapter 4: The not-for-profit sector: a Roman Catholic view

Fr Brian Lucas

Abstract

This chapter presents a vision of the value and role of the not-for-profit sector that is grounded in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Drawing on Catholic social teaching, as articulated in Scripture and various authoritative pronouncements of the church, the chapter describes the ways in which a flourishing not-for-profit sector, supported but not suffocated by the state, is an expression of the dignity and worth of individual people, the commitment to the common good that is central to Catholic ethics and morality, the solidarity that lies at the heart of a well-ordered society, the principle of subsidiarity according to which local action and solutions are to be preferred; and the priority of the needs of the poor over the wants of the rich.

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