This article first appeared in the May 2020 Print Edition of Catholic Family News (click HERE to subscribe; current subscribers can access the E-Edition HERE).
Editor’s Note: The tragic death of George Floyd on Memorial Day (May 25, 2020) and ongoing societal chaos related to it (see here and here for CFN’s coverage) make this series on Catholic Social Teaching by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski incredibly timely (see here for Part I). In this installment, Dr. Kwasniewski focuses on “Hierarchy and Egalitarianism”, which encompasses themes such as the true nature of human equality and solidarity, themes which are particularly relevant as we approach the celebration of America’s Independence Day (July 4). CFN thanks Dr. Kwasniewski for his scholarly insights and practical wisdom on a subject of profound importance for these times of civil unrest and violence in the streets. – Matt Gaspers, CFN Managing Editor