ROME — Giuseppe Toniolo, a renowned late 19th and early 20th century lay Italian economist and political theorist, was beatified on Sunday in Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the final step before a formal declaration of sainthood. Among other claims to fame, Toniolo is now the first economist ever beatified by the Catholic church.
Of course many of the early Church fathers, some of whom have become saints, also can be considered to have been economists. In any case, here is the story, and this piece sets him in the context of the German economists of the late 19th century.
For the pointer I thank Patrick Molloy. Here is my earlier blog post, Who are the Catholic Economists?