What does the Catholic church teach (scripture or tradition from trusted sources) is the purpose of government? I am referring to local, state and national government not political ideology. The word Subsidiarity comes to mind.
Ensure the Common Good.
Here is a section of the Catechism which probably answers that question and more:
It includes this passage: "Its role is to ensure as far as possible the common good of the society."
Hmm, His Opaque Highness was under the impression that the purpose of government was to implement his decisions…
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