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This book provides a broad view of the basic features of the rich tradition of Catholic reflection and action on social issues. In the words of Brady, "the Catholic social tradition is about action and contemplation. It calls on persons to take responsibility for themselves and for their neighbors. It aims to reach the hearts and the minds of persons. . . . It seeks personal conversion and social transformation." Written in an accessible style and designed for a one-semester course, it presents the principles of Catholic social thought along with their historical development and abridged excerpts from relevant documents. Each chapter includes study/discussion questions and begins and ends with a traditional Catholic prayer.
Bernard V. Brady is currently professor and chair of theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Essential Catholic Social Thought||p. 1|
|Official Catholic Social Thought in This Book||p. 1|
|An Overview of the Book||p. 3|
|Some Thoughts before You Begin||p. 5|
|The Catholic Social Tradition||p. 7|
|Official Catholic Social Teaching||p. 8|
|Why Are There So Many Documents?||p. 9|
|Catholic Social Teaching: The Principles||p. 10|
|The Problem with Principles Alone||p. 15|
|Studying Catholic Social Thought||p. 15|
|The Catholic Social Tradition, Broadly Understood||p. 22|
|Social Catholicism||p. 29|
|Some Questions for Consideration||p. 31|
|Catholic Social Action||p. 32|
|What Holds This All Together?||p. 32|
|What Does This Mean for You?||p. 36|
|The Vocation of Social Catholicism||p. 40|
|If You Were a Slave, Would You Be against Slavery?||p. 47|
|Living the Call in Community||p. 48|
|Some Questions for Consideration||p. 51|
|About New Things||p. 53|
|Thomas Aquinas: A Foundation of Catholic Social Thought||p. 53|
|Rerum Novarum||p. 60|
|Social Justice and Rerum Novarum||p. 73|
|Fr. John A. Ryan: Rerum Novarum in America||p. 74|
|Some Questions for Consideration||p. 77|
|Personalism and Human Rights||p. 79|
|The Personalist Philosophy of Jacques Maritain||p. 80|
|The United Nations||p. 82|
|Catholic and American||p. 84|
|Pacem in Terris||p. 92|
|Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin: Personalism in Practice||p. 103|
|The Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker||p. 107|
|Some Questions for Consideration||p. 110|
|Christ's Love Impels Us||p. 112|
|The Church in the World||p. 114|
|Freedom, Conscience, and Truth||p. 128|
|Integral Human Development||p. 134|
|Some Questions for Consideration||p. 145|
|A Call to Action||p. 148|
|The Moral Voice from Latin America||p. 154|
|The Blood of the Martyrs||p. 164|
|Justice in the World||p. 171|
|Evangelization and Justice||p. 179|
|Some Questions for Consideration||p. 181|
|Human Work on God's Earth||p. 184|
|On Human Work||p. 185|
|A Catholic Environmental Ethic||p. 198|
|Migration/Immigration in Catholic Thought||p. 207|
|Some Questions for Consideration||p. 210|
|Solidarity and Justice||p. 212|
|Racism and Catholic Moral Thought||p. 226|
|Capital Punishment and Catholic Moral Thought||p. 234|
|The Consistent Ethic of Life||p. 235|
|Some Questions for Consideration||p. 237|
|Creating a Culture of Peace||p. 239|
|Centesimus Annus||p. 240|
|Catholic Thought on War and Peace||p. 257|
|Some Questions for Consideration||p. 267|
|Conclusion: Out of the Book and into the World||p. 269|
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