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Catholic social teaching
THE PRINCIPLES OF
LIFE AND DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
THE SEVEN
PRINCIPLES
CALL TO FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND PARTICIPATION
OPTION FOR THE POOR AND VULNERABLE
RIGHTS OF WORKERS
By Lynandrea Mejia and Meaghan Gillis
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
SOLIDARITY
CARE FOR GOD'S CREATION
LIFE AND DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
As beings made in God's image we are all sacred. From conception, life must be regarded as being holy and full of dignity. All life must be respected and accepted.
IMPORTANT BECAUSE:
Life is a gift that must be treasured.
We are lucky enough to have healthy, and happy lives filled with so much opportunity; others deserve the same lifestyle.
examples
CALL TO FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND PARTICIPATION
All people have a mission to work in communion with each other and participate in society. People are not meant to be marginalized, or excluded from their society.

IMPORTANT BECAUSE:
examples
Volunteering at health centers, nursing homes, shelters
Malala Yousafzai' s familial values: practiced taking care of each other (as any family should).
Taliban hindered the chance at having an interconnected community by preventing people from participating.
Malala helped the people of her community, and the children of the world gain the right to education.
She participated in bringing about a new community through advocating for women's rights.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In order to express the potential God has given us , and to fully be human, human beings must have rights.
Humans have a responsibility to meet each others' rights and uphold their own.

MOST IMPORTANT HUMAN RIGHTS:
Survival:
those things and conditions needed to help a person survive
Thrival: those things needed to help a person meet their God-given potential
Basic Human Rights: the right to life
examples
*Subsidarity: decisions based on rights must be made at the lowest level, or at the most reasonable level.

OPTION FOR THE POOR AND VULNERABLE
The poor and vulnerable are society's main priority to assist.
All humans are called to be attentive to the needs of the poor because they have facing more conflicts.

IMPORTANT BECAUSE:
The poor are human beings, too.
We must respect and support them because many of them used to live like us. Many experienced sudden changes that placed them in their current position.
With 1/2 of the world in poverty, it is so important to help them out to prevent the rest of society from falling into poverty.
EXAMPLES
In "The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back", we learned that Mark and Hannah Salwen's family downsized their house and used half of the money to donate to charities.
The donations were used to fund impoverished communities in Africa.
Serving at soup kitchens helps meets some of the needs of the homeless and poor.
Serving them food and giving them shelter for that brief time is still a help for them.
Interacting with them, greeting them and talking to them normally allows them to see that they are valued, too.
Relief efforts to help the poor return back to work, give them an education, or gain them interviews are in effect everywhere.
RIGHTS OF WORKERS
All people have the right to decent and productive work. Because the economy exists to serve people, not the other way around, every worker has the right to:

Decent + fair wage
a safe workplace
honest employers
the ability to organize and/or organize unions
examples
SOLIDARITY
As one human family, we are responsible for one another on an universal level; regardless of race, nationality, or economic status.
We can practice solidarity by:
Treating people equally, regardless of:
Race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnicity, and economic status.
Striving for a more just society by promoting tolerance and speaking out against injustice.
IMPORTANT BECAUSE
Solidarity prevents people in more fortunate situations from being indifferent to the less fortunate.
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CARE FOR GOD'S CREATION
As stewards of the earth, it is our responsibility to care for and live our faith in relationship with God's creation. We are called to care for others and the planet.
We can do this by:
Being aware and spreading awareness about environmental problems.
Cleaning up litter and making sure to use proper waste receptacles (recycle when you can).
Using environmentally friendly products (100% compostable cardboards, CFLs, etc.).
Volunteering at organizations that help to protect the earth.
IMPORTANT BECAUSE:
The earth is the only planet we have. As stewards, we are responsible for our home, and thus should make an effort to protect its natural resources and plant/animal life; not only for their well-being, but for ours as well.
EXAMPLES
CONCLUSION
Citations
The Homeless: They are deprived of their dignity by being cast out, ignored, and denied many necessities.
How they should be treated: The homeless should be given aid (food, clothing, etc.) and shelter. They should be treated like any other human being.
Abortion: Unborn children are not given the chance at life.
People living under the reign of ISIS: They are deprived of living in freedom and all people (particularly women and children) lack the rights they deserve.
How they should be treated: They should be respected and given the freedom to act on their own accord and without fear; which hinders their human dignity.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society." These seven themes, known as The

Principles
of Catholic Social Teaching, are the building blocks to a harmonious global society and play a very important role in how people should live.
Embracing one's family is the starting point of any bond with society.
Family is where many people learn to participate and connect with a large group of people.
Much like in a family, society must include all of humanity and allow them to take part in the community to the best of their abilities.
This is what God has intended for us.
The Importance of Rights and Responsibilities
All rights must be observed in order for people to have everything necessary to live.
Rights are important for every person because it expresses that their human dignity is being valued.
It is significant for people to have the responsibility to uphold each other's rights because we should all be respected equally.
The responsibility to defend rights is given to humans in order to better represent God on Earth.
Even Jesus, who was God incarnated held himself responsible for the rights of all people.
The U.N. has taken account of numerous violations to human rights in Eritrea.
lack of privacy (constant surveillance)
acts of slavery
restriction of speech
Apartheid and slavery are still present in society today.
These people are being denied their rights to live as free people and equal people.
How this must be changed: Laws must be implemented to eliminate segregation and slavery.
People must be willing to see other races as their neighbors, their brothers and sisters, and they must respect them no matter their religion, race, gender, or political status.
This is crucial because the rights that workers are given are a display of respect for human dignity.
These rights allow humans to survive and work to their fullest potential.
Better working conditions allow people to feel at home, secure and appreciated for their hard work.
Rights for workers allows them to feel like a family or a community.
It is so significant for workers to have the conditions mentioned above, and for their dignity to be valued because it gives more worth to their efforts.
The Importance of Rights for Workers
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, set out to experience what it was like to work in low-wage paying jobs.
She found that these low working jobs deprived people of the health care, child care, shelter, money and education that they need.
Progressive leaders such as Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt worked to ensure that people's rights were met.
They created laws and policies to give people reasonable working hours, humane working conditions and fair pay.
Providing people with more working rights gives them the potential to be active in their community.
INFORMATION SOURCES:
http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm
http://www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-11-number-5/solidarity-fundamental-social-virtue
http://www.slideshare.net/misacorusa/catholic-social-teaching-solidarity
https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-global-poverty
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/michaeljackson/weretheworldusaforafrica.html
http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/09/world/erithea-human-rights-violations/
Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America. New York: Metropolitan, 2001. Print.
Salwen, Kevin, and Hannah Salwen. The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. Print.
Yousafzai, Malala, and Christina Lamb. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. New York: Little, Brown, 2013. Print.
IMAGE SOURCES:
http://www.stjeromewaco.org/pictures/prolife%20sign2.jpg
The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching are important because they are the encouragement we need to defeat injustice in our world today. They serve as a guideline to us as we carry out our mission to confront and potentially find solutions to these societal misdeeds.
To prevent air pollution from further destroying our environment, we should carpool, ride bicycles, and reduce our constant use of chemical gas-emitting machines.
In the future, hopefully with the help of new scientific research we can harness the harmful air toxins from smokestacks and convert them into clean air.
To prevent the extinction of the bee population, we should plant more bee-friendly flowers and herbs in our garden, be more cautious about which pesticides we use (or stop using them all together), and support local farmers and bee keepers.
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