The Federalist Principle in the Catholic Social Doctrine and the Question of a World Parliament

Maja Brauer and Andreas Bummel, 2016

This background paper looks into the world order model included in catholic social doctrine and identifies federalism and democracy as its underlying principles.

Catholic social teaching implies the structures of a federally organized world state whose “universal political authority” is subjected to democratic oversight.

This study concludes that the creation of a world parliament is a logical consequence of and fully in harmony with papal doctrine.