Principles of the Church's Social Doctrine by FaithfulInThe8th


									Principles of the Church’s                         property as absolute and untouchable
                                                   ....Private in its essence only
                                                                                                   eliminate…poverty completely from this
                                                                                                   world. This will happen only upon Christ's
Social Doctrine                                    an instrument for respecting the principle
                                                   of the universal destination of goods; in
                                                                                                   return….the poor remain entrusted to us
                                                                                                   and it is this responsibility upon which we
As per Chapter 4 of the Compendium of
                                                   the final analysis,…it is not an end but a      shall be judged at the end….
the Social Doctrine of the Church, “The
permanent principles of the Church's
                                                                                                   “the practice of charity is not limited to
social doctrine constitute the very heart of
                                                   “Individual persons may not use their           alms-giving but implies addressing the
Catholic social teaching. These are the
                                                   resources without considering the effects       social and political dimensions of the
principles of:
                                                   that this use will have…they must act in a      problem of poverty….'When we attend to
    the dignity of the human person, ...which
    is the foundation of all                       way that benefits not only themselves &         the needs of those in want, we give them
    the other principles & content of              their family but also the common                what is theirs, not ours. More than
    the Church's social doctrine;                  good....New technological and scientific        performing works of mercy, we are paying
    the common good;                               knowledge must be placed at the service         a debt of justice' [Saint Gregory the
    subsidiarity; and                              of mankind's primary needs ….                   Great]….
                                                   "The principle of the universal destination
“The common good of society is not an              of goods requires that the poor, the
end in itself; it has value only in reference      marginalized and in all cases those whose
to attaining the ultimate ends of the              living conditions interfere with their
person and the universal common good of            proper growth should be the focus of
the whole of creation. God is the ultimate         particular concern. To this end, the
end of his creatures and for no reason             preferential option for the poor should be
may the common good be deprived of its             reaffirmed in all its force….
transcendent dimension....

"Each person must have access to the
level of well-being necessary for his full            the dignity of the human person…
development ….                                  is the foundation of all the other principles &
                                                   content of the Church’s social doctrine….
“By means of work and making use of
the gift of intelligence, people are able
                                                the universal destination of goods requires….
to exercise dominion over the earth and
make it a fitting home….                             the preferential option for the poor

“Private property is an essential element
of an authentically social & democratic            “Christian    realism…is     cautious…re-
economic policy, &…the guarantee of a              garding    ideological    positions  and
correct social order.... Christian tradition       Messianistic beliefs that sustain the
has never recognized the right to private          illusion   that    it  is   possible   to
                                                                                       "Solidarity     highlights     in   a
                                                                                       particular way the intrinsic social
                                                                                       nature of the human person, the
                                                                                       equality of all in dignity & rights &
                                                                                       the common path of individuals &
                                                                                       peoples towards an ever more
                                                                                       committed unity.... Inter-national
                                                                                       solidarity too is required by the
                                                                                       moral order; peace in the world
                                                                                       depends in large part on this....
"It is impossible to promote the dignity of
the person without showing concern for          subsidiarity protects people
the family, groups, associations, local         from abuses by higher-level
territorial realities; in short, for that
aggregate of economic, social, cultural,         social authority & calls on
sports-oriented, recreational, professional      these same authorities to
and political expressions to which people             help individuals &
spontaneously give life and which make it                                       “The unsurpassed apex of the perspective
possible for them to achieve effective         intermediate groups to fulfil    indicated here is the life of Jesus of
social growth....                               their duties….subsidiarity is   Nazareth….In him it is always possible to
                                                opposed to certain forms of     recognize the living sign of that
“The principle of subsidiarity protects                                         measureless and transcendent love of
people from abuses by higher-level social               centralization,         God-with-us, who takes on the infirmities
authority and calls on these same              bureaucratization, & welfare     of his people, walks with them, saves
authorities to help individuals and                  assistance & to the        them and makes them one....
intermediate groups to fulfil their
duties....The principle of subsidiarity is
                                                   unjustified & excessive      "The    Church's social        Magisterium
opposed       to    certain     forms     of       presence of the State in     constantly calls for the most classical
centralization, bureaucratization, and         public mechanisms….Various       forms of justice to be respected:
welfare assistance and to the unjustified                                                commutative,
and excessive presence of the State in
                                                 circumstances can make it               distributive &
public mechanisms.... Various circum-          necessary that the State step             legal justice.
stances may make it advisable that the               in to supply certain       Ever greater importance has been given to
State step in to supply certain                                                 social justice....
                                               functions….this institutional
functions....this institutional substitution
must not continue any longer than is                substitution must not       "It is from the inner wellspring of love
absolutely necessary….The characteristic        continue any longer than is     that the values of truth, freedom and
imply-cation of subsidiarity is partici-                                        justice are born and grow.... No
                                                    absolutely necessary        legislation, no system of rules or
pation....every democracy must be
participative....                                                               negotiation will ever succeed in
                                                                                persuading men and peoples to live in
                                                                                unity, brotherhood and peace; no line of
                                                                                reasoning will ever be able to surpass the
                                                                                appeal of love”

   “the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights-for example,
   the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture- is false & illusory if the
   right to life, the most basic & fundamental right & the condition for all other
   personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination” (Pope John Paul II,
   Christifideles Laici

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