LivingJustice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action
The “LivingJustice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action” is a body of doctrine developed by the Catholic Church on matters of poverty and wealth, economics, social organization and the role of the state. This book basically explains why Catholics live the way they do and the reasons why they dedicate their own life to God.
The main principles explained through this book were human dignity, charity, and distribution and social justice. Each of these principles are the staples of this book and are extremely important. Human dignity explains the principle of Catholic social teaching is the correct view of the human person. "Being in the image of God, the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone. He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give." Whereas charity is explained as “the heart of the church”. Every responsibility and every commitment brought out by that doctrine is derived from charity which, according to the teaching of Jesus, is the production of the entire Law (Matthew 22:36-40). It gives real substance to the personal relationship with God and with neighbor; it is the principle not only of micro-relationships but with friends, family members or within small groups. Lastly distribution holds that social and economic structures should promote social justice, including wide ownership of corporations and is the basis for progressive tax rates, anti-trust laws and economic cooperatives including credit unions. There are many Catholic Social Teaching documents which advocate a just distribution of income and wealth.
There are also main themes that are explained throughout the book, and are also widely known as the themes of Catholic Social...
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