News today that Caritas Welcomes Defeat Of Easter Trading Bill. No surprises there, but their media release is curious for a couple of reasons. First is their criticism of the devolution of the law to local government. I would have thought that this was in line with the Catholic social teaching of Subsidiarity.

Secondly there is no theological reasoning in the release, just that it is good for families.While I agree with that (on balance, after all Easter trading will be good for some families too), is there not some Catholic tradition to draw on, rather than repeat something that a trade union could just as easily say?

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