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Sam Burke

Super stuff. Conservatives should seriously look into the virtues of Catholic Social Teaching....and Catholics should look into the virtues of the Conservative Party.


I think CST is a more Continental than an English thing. England has a tradition of Toryism whilst other Europeans have Christian Democratic parties. I think they're quite different and separate.


I think the modern Conservative party is the product of the 1688 Glorious Revolution, the Bill of Rights and Act of Tolerance, a 'Protestant victory' that led to the ultimately successful integration of majority Protestant and minority Catholic groups and values. The Conservative party cannot and should not be a Catholic party on the European Christian Democrat model (which may be changing, judging by Angela Merkel), but like Britain itself the party is strengthened by the integration and acceptance of both streams of thought.

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