Conclusion_ For a Civilization of Love by FaithfulInThe8th


									For a Civilization of Love
As per the Conclusion of the Compendium       Populorum Progressio, 81: AAS 59              the right to life, from conception to
of the Social Doctrine of the Church,         (1967), 296-297.]....                         natural death, the first among all rights
“"The Church's social teaching is the                                                       & the condition for all other rights of
indispensable reference point that            "The Church's social doctrine is a            the person[Cf. Congregation for the
determines the nature, modality,              privileged instrument of dialogue             Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction
articulation & development of pastoral        between Christian communities & the           Donum Vitae, (22 February 1987): AAS
activity in the social field....              civil &political community….The social        80 (1988), 70-102.]….
                                              teaching of the Church is also fertile        "Respect for personal dignity requires,
“In proclaiming the Gospel, the social        soil for dialogue & collaboration in the      moreover, that the religious dimension
dimension is an essential & unavoid-          ecumenical sphere….This is already            of the person be recognized.....
able but not the only dimension. It is a      happening in various places on a broad
dimension that must reveal the unlim-         scale concerning                              “In the present cultural context, there
ited possibilities of Christian salva-           the defence of the dignity of the         is a particularly urgent need to defend
tion, even if it is not possible in time to       human person,                             marriage and the family, which can be
conform social realities perfectly &             the promotion of peace,                   adequately met only if one is convinced
definitively to the Gospel....Above all,         the concrete and effective struggle       of the unique and singular value of
the pastoral activity of the Church in            against the miseries of today's world,    these two realities for an authentic
                                                  such as hunger and poverty, illiteracy,
the social sector must bear witness to                                                      development of human society[Cf.
                                                  the unequal distribution of the goods
the truth of the human person....                 of the earth and the lack of housing….    John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic
                                                                                            Exhortation Familiaris Consortio, 42-
“ The Church's social doctrine must be        “In the common tradition of the Old           48: AAS 74 (1982), 134-140.]….
the basis of an intense & constant work       Testament, the Catholic Church is able
of formation, especially of the lay           to engage in dialogue with her Jewish         “Fostering a social & political culture
faithful. Such a formation should take        brothers and sisters, which she does          inspired by the Gospel must be an area
into account their obligations in civil       also through her social doctrine....The       of particular importance for the lay
society. 'It belongs to the layman,           Church's social doctrine is also              faithful....An urgent priority today is
without waiting passively for orders &        characterized by a constant call to           also found in the need to present… in
directives, to take the initiative freely &   dialogue among all members of the             culturally up-to-date terms....
to infuse a Christian spirit into the         world's religions....
mentality, customs, laws & structures                                                       “The social & political involvement of
of the community in which they                “Promoting human dignity implies              the lay faithful in the area of culture
live'[Paul    VI,    Encyclical      Letter   above all affirming the inviolability of      moves today in specific directions.
    The first is that of seeking to guarantee   life through thoughtful contributions      “Unfortunately, even in democratic
     the right of each person to a human &       to the political debate, planning and      societies, there still remain expressions
     civil culture….                             the chosen actions....                     of secular intolerance that are hostile
    The second…concerns the content of                                                     to granting any kind of political or
     culture, that is, truth....The Christian
                                                 “When — concerning areas or realities      cultural relevance to religious faiths….
     commitment in the field of culture is
     opposed to all reductionistic &             that involve fundamental ethical duties    These attitudes even go so far, and
     ideological perspectives of man &           — legislative or political choices         radically so, as to deny the basis of a
     life....                                    contrary to Christian principles and       natural morality. This denial, which is
                                                 values are proposed or made, the           the harbinger of a moral anarchy with
“Christians must work so that the full           Magisterium teaches that 'a well-          the obvious consequence of the
value of the religious dimension of              formed Christian conscience does not       stronger prevailing over the weaker,
culture is seen....When the religious            permit one to vote for a political         cannot be accepted in any form by
dimension of the person or of a people           programme or an individual law which       legitimate     pluralism,      since    it
is denied, culture itself starts to die off,     contradicts the fundamental contents       undermines the very foundations of
sometimes disappearing completely….              of faith and morals'[Congregation for      human society....
                                                 the Doctrine of the Faith, Doctrinal
“In the promotion of an authentic                Note on Some Questions Regarding           “A particular area for discernment on
culture, the laity will place great              the Participation of Catholics in          the part of the lay faithful concerns the
importance     on     mass     media….           Political Life (24 November 2002), 4:      choice of political instruments, that is,
Professionals in the field of media are          Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City   membership in a party or in other
not the only people with ethical duties.         2002, p. 9.]. In cases where it is not     types of political participation. A
Those who make use of the media also             possible to avoid the implementation       choice must be made that is consistent
have obligations….                               of such political programmes or to         with values, taking into account actual
                                                 block or abrogate such laws, the           circumstances....
“Faced with the complexity of today's            Magisterium        teaches     that    a
economic context, the laity will be              parliamentary representative, whose        “the choice of a party, a political
guided in their action by the principles         personal absolute opposition to these      alliance, the persons to whom public
of the social Magisterium….                      programmes or laws is clear and            life is to be entrusted, while involving
                                                 known to all, may legitimately support     the conscience of each person, can
“Economists, those working in this               proposals aimed at limiting the            never be an exclusively individual
field and political leaders must sense           damage caused by such programmes           choice.”
the urgency of rethinking the economy,           or laws and at diminishing their
considering, on the one hand, the                negative effects on the level of culture     “the common out-cry,
dramatic material poverty of billions of         and public morality. In this regard, a
                                                 typical example of such a case would
                                                                                                 which is justly made
people and, on the other, the fact that
'present economic, social and cultural           be a law permitting abortion[Cf. John           on behalf of human
structures are ill-equipped to meet the          Paul II, Encyclical Letter Evangelium           rights -for example,
demands of genuine development'                  Vitae, 73: AAS 87 (1995), 486-487.].                 the right
[John Paul II, Message for the 2000              The representative's vote, in any case,
World Day of Peace, 14: AAS 92                   cannot be interpreted as support of an       to health, to home,
(2000), 366.]. The legitimate require-           unjust law but only as a contribution to        to work, to family,
ments of economic efficiency need to             reducing the negative consequences of          to culture- is false &
be better harmonized with…political              a      legislative     provision,    the
participation & social justice….                 responsibility for which lies entirely
                                                 with those who have brought it into           if the right to life,
“The pursuit of the common good in a             being. Faced with the many situations             the most basic &
spirit of service, the development of            involving fundamental & indispensable         fundamental right &
justice with particular attention to             moral duties, it must be remembered
                                                 that Christian witness is to be                 the condition for
situations of poverty and suffering,
respect for the autonomy of earthly              considered a fundamental obligation             all other personal
realities, the principle of subsidiarity,        that can even lead to the sacrificing of               rights,
the promotion of dialogue and peace in           one's life, to martyrdom in the name of     is not defended with
the context of solidarity: these are the         love and human dignity [Cf. John Paul
criteria that must inspire the Christian         II,      Post-Synodal       Exhortation,              maximum
laity in their political activity. All           Christifideles Laici, 39: AAS 81 (1989),          determination”
believers, insofar as they possess rights        466-468.]....                                                 (Pope John Paul II,
and duties as citizens, are obligated to                                                                          Christifideles
respect these guiding principles.                                                                                          Laici)
Special attention must be paid to their
observance by those who occupy
institutional positions dealing with the
complex problems of the public

“tasks accompanying responsibilities
in social & political institutions
demand a strict & articulated commit-
ment that is able to demonstrate
clearly the absolute necessity of the
moral dimension in social and political

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