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					     With regard to Catholic Social Teaching in the public square, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offers
                                               “Seven Key Themes”
    The Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person         Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
    Call to Family, Community, and Participation                  Solidarity
    Rights and Responsibilities                                   Caring for God’s Creation
    Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

    “We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and
    ideological differences. Our Catholic commitment to solidarity requires that we
    pursue justice, eliminate racism, end human trafficking, protect human rights, seek
    peace, and avoid the use of force except as a necessary last resort.”
As per Chapter 1 of the Compendium of the           “the principles of justice and social solidarity
Social Doctrine of the Church, “Moral existence     are inspired by the gratuitousness of the
is a response to the Lord's loving initiative. It   salvific event wrought by God, and that they
is the acknowledgment & homage given to             do not have a merely corrective value but
God & a worship of thanksgiving. It is              must rather become…the normative points of
cooperation with the plan God pursues in            reference....
                                                    "God freely confers being and life on
                                                    everything that exists. Man and woman,             "In Jesus Christ the decisive event of the
                                                    created in his image and likeness (cf. Gen         history of God with mankind is fulfilled….
                                                    1:26-27), are for that very reason called to be    The love that inspires Jesus' ministry among
                                                    the visible sign and the effective instrument      men is the love that he has experienced in his
                                                    of divine gratuitousness….                         intimate union with the Father ....Jesus an-
                                                                                                       nounces the liberating mercy of God to those
                                                                                                       whom he meets on his way, beginning with
                                                                                                       the poor, the marginalized, the sinners. He
                                                                                                       invites all to follow him because he is the
“The Ten Commandments, which constitute                                                                first to obey God's plan of love, & he does so
an extra-ordinary path of life and indicate                                                            in a most singular way, as God's envoy in the
the surest way for living in freedom from                                                              world....Jesus' followers are called to live like
slavery to sin, contain a privileged expression                                                        him &, after his Passover of death &
of the natural law....                                                                                 resurrection, to live also in him & by him,
                                                    “It is in the free action of God the Creator       thanks to the super-abundant gift of the Holy
                                                    that we find the very meaning of creation,         Spirit….
                                                    even if it has been distorted by the
                                                    experience of sin…. Disobedience to God
                                                    means hiding from his loving countenance &
                                                    seeking to control one's life & action in the
                                                    world. Breaking the relation of communion
                                                    with God causes a rupture in the internal
                                                    unity of the human person, in the relations of
                                                    communion between man & woman and of
                                                    the harmonious relations between mankind
                                                    and other creatures….
"Christian revelation       whole person: it is universal and integral
shines a new light on       salvation....The salvation offered by God to
the     identity,   the     his children requires their free response and
vocation      &     the     acceptance. It is in this that faith consists....
ultimate destiny of
the human person &          “The universality and integrality of the
the              human      salvation wrought by Christ makes
         race….Human        indissoluble    the     link   between     the
activity, when it aims      relationship that the person is called to have
at pro-moting the           with God and the responsibility he has
integral dignity &          towards his neighbour in the concrete
vocation      of    the     circumstances of history. This is sensed,
person, the quality of      though not always without some confusion
living conditions &         or     misunderstanding,     in    humanity's
the      meeting     in     universal quest for truth and meaning”
solidarity of peoples
& nations, is in
accordance with the
plan of God….                  “the common outcry, which is
“[To       man      and        justly made on behalf of
woman],       as     the       human rights-for example, the
culmination           of
creation, the Creator
                               right to health, to home, to
has entrusted the task         work, to family, to culture- is
of ordering created
nature according to
                               false & illusory if the right to
his design (cf. Gen            life, the most basic &
1:28)….The salvation           fundamental right & the
offered in its fullness
to men in Jesus Christ         condition for all other personal
by God the Father's            rights, is not defended with
initiative, and brought
about and transmitted          maximum         determination”
by the work of the             (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles
Holy       Spirit,     is
salvation     for     all
people and of the