Vatican City, Jan 31, 2022 / 10:30 am
In an audience with employees of the Italian Revenue Agency on Monday, Pope Francis recalled the Catholic Church’s teaching on the universal destination of goods, while urging the agency to conduct its work with honesty, transparency, and impartiality.
“Taxation, when it is just, is in service of the common good,” the pope said in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall Jan. 31.
“Let us work so that the culture of the common good may grow — this is important — so that we may take seriously the universal destination of goods, which is the first purpose of goods,” he continued, “the universal destination, which the Church’s social doctrine continues to teach even today, inheriting it from Scripture and the Fathers of the Church.”
According to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a book compiling the Catholic Church’s teachings on social issues, “each person must have access to the level of well-being necessary for his full development. The right to the common use of goods is the ‘first principle of the whole ethical and social order' and 'the characteristic principle of Christian social doctrine.’”