“Selective excerpting. Read Rerum Novarum again and try not to distort the teaching of the Church when you come back.”
Wow. You must really be desparate. The quote was only selective in that it mentions the government which is only mention in Rerum Novarum about a half dozen times. I distorted NOTHING. Here’s the whole passage.
37. Rights must be religiously respected wherever they exist, and it is the duty of the public authority to prevent and to punish injury, and to protect every one in the possession of his own. Still, when there is question of defending the rights of individuals, the poor and badly off have a claim to especial consideration. The richer class have many ways of shielding themselves, and stand less in need of help from the State; whereas the mass of the poor have no resources of their own to fall back upon, and must chiefly depend upon the assistance of the State. And it is for this reason that wage-earners, since they mostly belong in the mass of the needy, should be specially cared for and protected by the government.
Now, you tell me what I am distorting about that passage. When you fail, and you will because all I did was quote the passage, we’ll know just how desparate you must have been.