Almost five years ago I wrote for ChroniclesMagazine.org a piece attacking Thomas Woods’ views on the authority of Catholic social teaching. My main point was that Woods exalted the supposed teaching of economics, specifically Austrian economics, over the authority of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. At that time there was a further reply by Woods and a response by me and numerous comments by readers.
Then this past fall the Catholic Social Science Review published a scholarly article by me on the implications for economics of papal social teaching. The journal published this as a symposium, with a formal response by Thomas Woods and some shorter responses. Then around the beginning of this month Woods posted his CSSR response to me on lewrockwell.com. Because he had taken this dispute to a wider audience I felt compelled to make a further response. The editors of ChroniclesMagazine.org have kindly allowed this to appear on their website. It is in four parts.