Committee for a
Democratic U.N.
Promoting democratic representation in global institutions


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

By 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.

In the 20th century the Catholic Church consistently taught that global problems cannot be solved without a global political authority insofar as the decisive principles of separation of powers and subsidiarity are respected. The moral legitimacy of the United Nations can only grow if this association of governments is supported by a democratic world parliamentary assembly. Only in this way today’s international law will become real world law. This paper is excellent and will convince many catholics.

Vittorio Hösle, Professor at the University of Notre Dame and member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences