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Catholic social teaching-RS 151-March 6, 2013.docx

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Department
Religious Studies
Course
RS 151
Professor
Cristina Vanin
Semester
Winter

Description
Catholic social teaching Key Themes 1.Dignity of human Person and Human Rights 2.Solidarity, Common Good, and Patrcipation ­Common good: recognizing goals that go beyonf me, goals that have to do with  improving our society whenever and how ever we can ­Solidarity: integration shown by people, society and neighbors  ­Participation: all persons, because of their dignity, have a right and an obligation to  participate in all activities and institutions that are part of society ­exclusion against human freedom ­participation regards political and economical spheres of life ­participation through labour(economically) ­democratic activity(political) ­For CST governments are privelaged agents for the common good 3.Family life ­has a special place in CST is a basic unity of society ­most intimate sphere of co­operation, first place where as children, we start to learn  about ourselves and develop our sense of ourselves ­also where we first encounter church ­societies function well when families are healthy ­much self­sacrifice and generosity in families ­where we see unconditional love of God 4.Subsidarity and proper role of government ­subsidiarity= assistance(Latin) ­c.f Pope Pius X ­talked about proper division of labour ­CST says its best to rely on solutions that are closest to the people affect by it ­it’s most efficient and effective to use the smallest groupings and mechanisms ­principle respects natural groups we have with our neighbors ­Pius mentions professional bodies like labour unions that should exercise their rightful  auntonomy, not be subsumed ­larger bodies can be indispensable ­federal government provides national defense, park system etc. ­Pius warned againsted needles centralization ­avoid extremes of too much/ too little government intervention ­need bodies and associations that bridge individuals and states 5.Property ownership in Modern society: rights and responsibilities ­Aquinas talked about 2 competing values: commn good and individual owndership of  property ­common good requires that material things that we need for good life should be widely  avaliable by all persons ­CAST talks about benefits and rights of individual owndership ­has historically placed limits on private ownership warned against excessive wealth and  unlimited power­ not absolute or unconditional ­cannot ignore needs of those who are less fortunate  ­we cannot keep our possesions 
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