Is Socialism Compatible with Catholic Social Teaching?

The support we saw Bernie Sanders receive in the 2016 Democratic primaries may have been considered a fluke, but the recent nomination and buzz surrounding the Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may show a shift in the country’s attitude, especially among young people.

Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and her win of the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th District shows the country’s increasing acceptance of a political party with socialist values. But is socialism compatible with Catholic Social Teaching?

Monsignor Stuart Swetland, host of Go Ask Your Father™ and Chief Religion Correspondent for Relevant Radio®, stops by The Drew Mariani Show™ whether or not socialism and Catholicism are compatible.

Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.