The Human Person & Human “It is not...legitimate or acceptable to under-
stand social sin in a way that…leads to a
become enslaved to them and become a victim
of a purely earthly vision....Neither the
Rights weakening or the virtual cancellation of the
personal component by admitting only social
spiritualism that despises the reality of the
body nor the materialism that considers the
As per Chapter 3 of the Compendium of the Social
guilt and responsibility. At the bottom of spirit a mere manifestation of the material do
Doctrine of the Church, “The Church sees in every situation of sin there is always the justice to the complex nature, to the totality or
men and women, in every person, the living individual who sins…. to the unity of the human being....
image of God
“Social sin is every sin committed against the "The human person is…intelligent & con-
“The whole of the Church's social doctrine
justice due in relations between scious….However, it is not intellect, con-
…develops from the principle that affirms the
individuals,… sciousness & freedom that define the person,
inviolable dignity of the human person….
the individual & the community, &… rather it is the person who is the basis of the
the community & the individual. acts of intellect, consciousness & freedom....
“History attests that it is from the fabric of
Social too is every sin against the rights of the
social relationships that there arise some of
human person… “A just society can become a reality only when
the best possibilities for ennobling the human
the right to life, including that of life in the it is based on the respect of the transcendent
person, but it is also there that lie in wait the womb, &
most loathsome rejections of human dignity dignity of the human person....
every sin against the physical integrity of the
….God places the human creature at the individual;
centre and summit of the created order.... "Man can turn to good only in freedom, which
every sin against the freedom of others,
especially against the supreme freedom to
God has given to him as one of the highest
“Man & woman have the same dignity & are of believe in God and worship him; and signs of his image....But his freedom is not
equal value, not only because they are both, in every sin against the dignity and honour of unlimited: it must halt before the „tree of the
their differences, created in the image of God, one's neighbour. knowledge of good & evil', for it is called to
but even more profoundly because the dy- Every sin against the common good & its accept the moral law given by God….
namic of reciprocity that gives life to the 'we' demands…is also social sin....
in the human couple, is an image of God.... “The truth concerning good & evil is
"The doctrine of original sin....encourages recognized in a practical & concrete manner
“the human couple can participate in God's men & women not to remain in guilt & not to by the judgment of conscience, which leads to
act of creation….The fifth commandment, take guilt lightly, continuously seeking scape- the acceptance of responsibility....The natural
'Thou shalt not kill' (Ex 20:13; Deut 5:17), has goats in other people & justification in the law expresses the dignity of the person & lays
validity because God alone is Lord of life & environment, in heredity, in institutions, in the foundations of the person's fundamental
death.... structures and in relationships. This is a duties.... The natural law offers a foundation
teaching that unmasks such deceptions. The prepared by God for the revealed law & Grace,
“man and woman find themselves also in the doctrine of the universality of sin, however, in full harmony with the work of the Spirit….
presence of all the other creatures. They can must not be separated from the consciousness
and are obliged to put them at their own of the universality of salvation in Jesus "The Incarnation of the Son of God shows the
service and to enjoy them, but their dominion Christ..... equality of all people with regard to dignity
over the world requires the exercise of ....this is the ultimate foundation of the radical
responsibility, it is not a freedom of arbitrary “According to the New Testament, all equality and brotherhood among all people….
and selfish exploitation.... creation, together indeed with all humanity,
awaits the Redeemer…. “Woman is the complement of man, as man is
“This marvellous vision of man's creation by the complement of woman: man and woman
God is inseparable from the tragic appearance “Man was created by God in unity of body and complete each other mutually, not only from a
of original sin ....The consequences of sin, soul....the body, which has been promised the physical and psychological point of view, but
insofar as it is an act of separation from God, resurrection, will also share in glory....reason also ontologically.... 'to this "unity of the two"
are alienation, that is, the separation of man and free will are linked with all the bodily and God has entrusted not only the work of
not only sense faculties....following the wound of sin, procreation and family life, but the creation of
from God but also man experiences the rebellion of his body and history itself' [John Paul II, Letter to Women,
from himself, the perverse inclinations of his heart; he must 8: AAS 87 (1995), 808.]'….
from other men and always keep careful watch over these lest he
from the world around him....
“The ultimate source of human rights is not "The solemn proclamation of human rights is
found in the mere will of human beings, in the "We don’t legislate at the contradicted by a painful reality of violations,
reality of the State, in public powers, but in orders of the Vatican" (Patrick wars and violence of every kind…,
man himself & in God his Creator.... Pope genocides & mass deportations,…
John Paul II has drawn up a list…in the
Murphy, November 2009) ever new forms of slavery such as
Encyclical Centesimus Annus: trafficking in human beings,
'the right to life…; child soldiers,
the right to live in a united family & in a moral the exploitation of workers,
environment conducive to the growth of the illegal drug trafficking,
child's personality; prostitution"
the right to develop one's intelligence &
freedom in seeking & knowing the truth;
the right to share in the work which makes “the common out-cry,
wise use of the earth's material resources, & to
derive from that work the means to support
which is justly made on
oneself and one's dependents; & behalf of human rights -
the right freely to establish a family, to have
and to rear children through the responsible
for example, the right
exercise of one's sexuality [Note: This does to health,
NOT mean that there is a “right” to have a
child; NO ONE (including husbands & wives) to home,
has a “right” to use illegitimate means to have
In a certain sense, the source and synthesis of to family,
these rights is religious freedom, understood
as the right to live in the truth of one's faith
and in conformity with one's transcendent is false & illusory
dignity as a person….the right to life, from if the right to life, the
conception to its natural end…is the condition
for the exercise of all other rights &, in most basic &
particular, implies the illicitness of every form fundamental right &
of procured abortion & of euthanasia....
the condition for all
other personal rights,
"The so-called [Patrick] Murphy is not defended with
amendment attached to the maximum
National Defense Authorization determination”
Act passed the House on May 27 (Pope John Paul II,
....and could be brought up for a Christifideles Laici)
floor vote before the full senate at
Family Council is concerned] “the Church's mission is to
about basic religious freedoms „pass moral judgments even in
that will be undermined if the matters relating to politics,
bill is passed & signed into law" whenever the fundamental
(cf., <www.pafamily.org/citizenactioncenter.php>). rights of man or the salvation
"no restrictions or limitations on the of souls requires it‟....
teaching of Catholic morality can be
accepted....The Archdiocese for the “It is...the duty of the laity to
Military Services — the only participate actively in political
jurisdiction charged with the pastoral life, in a manner consistently in
care of all Catholics in the military, accordance with the Church's
VA Administration, and at the service teaching....
of the Federal Government outside
of the boundaries of the United
“the contribution of Christians
States, which is also charged with
can be effective only if knowl-
endorsing Roman Catholic priests
edge of faith becomes knowl-
urges the Congress not to repeal the
edge of reality, the key to
current policy for the Armed Forces"
judge ment & transformation”
Archbishop Broglio (Pope Benedict XVI, May 21,