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Framing Catholic Social Thought:

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Meghan Clark

on 10 February 2017

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Transcript of Framing Catholic Social Thought:

Framing Catholic Social Thought:
-The Big 3 -
human dignity, common good &
the option for the poor

Catholic Social Thought:
the social doctrine of the Church
The Common Good
The Option for the Poor & Marginalized
"the hermeneutical principle" or interpretive lens of Catholic Social Thought
Human Life & Dignity
“As long as there is poverty in the world I can never be rich, even if I have a billion dollars. ... I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way our world is made. No individual or nation can stand out boasting of being independent. We are interdependent.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
human dignity & preferential option
1. God loves all human persons equally.
2. God takes sides.
3 .Therefore, God makes a preferential
Option for the poor.
Preference is because GOD IS GOOD.
(not about the goodness of the poor)

If we believe in the same God, we must walk side by side in history – The universal command to love.

If we affirm the human dignity of all, we must pitch a tent where it is most ignored/trampled/violated/murdered.
Crucified Peoples:
the Unnamed masses who experience a slow death from institutionalized violence.
Gustavo Gutierrez:
How do we say to the poor -
God loves you?
This is our challenge in light of systemic injustice and oppression.
we are all in this together -
we are responsible for all
we are one humanity

we are our brothers and sisters

model is equality*mutuality*reciprocity
rooted in the Trinity

we are all created in the image and likeness of God.
we have inherent worth / value.

radical equality of human persons.
Gaudium et Spes
32. As God did not create man for life in isolation, but for the formation of social unity, so also "it has pleased God to make men holy and save them not merely as individuals, without bond or link between them, but by making them into a single people, a people which acknowledges Him in truth and serves Him in holiness."(13) So from the beginning of salvation history He has chosen men not just as individuals but as members of a certain community. Revealing His mind to them, God called these chosen ones "His people" (Ex. 3:7-12), and even made a covenant with them on Sinai.(14)

This communitarian character is developed and consummated in the work of Jesus Christ. For the very Word made flesh willed to share in the human fellowship.

“I cannot “give” what is mine to the other, without first giving him what pertains to him in justice. If we love others with charity, then first of all we are just towards them
~Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Francis & Looking Forward
"Life, which is a gift of God, a value always to be protected and promoted"

"The family, the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation"

"Integral education, which cannot be reduced to the mere transmission of information for purposes of generating profit"

"Health, which must seek the integral well-being of the person, including the spiritual dimension"

"Security, in the conviction that violence can be overcome only by changing human hearts."

*themes we also hear: dangers of the throw-away culture that treates people as if they are disposable
slave - labor, war and violence

human rights & responsibilities in action
dignity of work care for creation solidarity
Reality: cross means death - and death is reality for Latin American peoples – a slow death from “institutionalized violence”

as we will see over the next few meetings this involves a focus on human dignity of all, structural/social sin as well as the social movements which combat them
social sin & social movements
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