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Ryan, John Augustine
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(May 25, 1869, Vermillion, MN – Sep 16, 1945, St Paul, MN), Catholic priest and moral theologian. John Ryan was the foremost American Catholic social analyst during the first half of the 20th century. He believed that Catholic social teaching had to be wedded to the empirical study of economics. After writing his two most important theoretical works on economic justice, A Living Wage (1906) and Distributive Justice (1916), Ryan promoted minimum-wage legislation and lobbied in state and federal legisla-tures for protective laws for workers. He was director o…

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Carey, Patrick W., “Ryan, John Augustine”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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