The Home Rory Owns

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Owning property is a natural human longing. You can't beat it out of human persons. And maybe Rory is refusing to own property precisely so he can really own property.

The appropriation of property is legitimate for guaranteeing the freedom and dignity of persons...

The right to private property, acquired or received in a just way, does not do away with the original gift of the earth to the whole of mankind. The universal destination of goodsremains primordial, even if the promotion of the common good requires respect for the right to private property and its exercise.

"In his use of things man should regard the external goods he legitimately owns not merely as exclusive to himself but common to others also, in the sense that they can benefit others as well as himself." The ownership of any property makes its holder a steward of Providence, with the task of making it fruitful and communicating its benefits to others, first of all his family.

Catechism 2402-2404

G.K. Chesterton wrote “property is merely the art of democracy.” For him, property means that “every man should have something that he can shape in his own image, as he is shaped in the image of heaven. But because he is not God, but only a graven image of God, his self-expression must deal with limits; property with limits that are strict and even small.”

Just give me three acres and a cow.