Essential Catholic Social Thought

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-30
  • Publisher: Orbis Books

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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.

Author Biography

Bernard V. Brady is currently professor and chair of theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Essential Catholic Social Thoughtp. 1
Official Catholic Social Thought in This Bookp. 1
An Overview of the Bookp. 3
Some Thoughts before You Beginp. 5
The Catholic Social Traditionp. 7
Official Catholic Social Teachingp. 8
Why Are There So Many Documents?p. 9
Catholic Social Teaching: The Principlesp. 10
The Problem with Principles Alonep. 15
Studying Catholic Social Thoughtp. 15
The Catholic Social Tradition, Broadly Understoodp. 22
Social Catholicismp. 29
Some Questions for Considerationp. 31
Catholic Social Actionp. 32
What Holds This All Together?p. 32
What Does This Mean for You?p. 36
The Vocation of Social Catholicismp. 40
If You Were a Slave, Would You Be against Slavery?p. 47
Living the Call in Communityp. 48
Some Questions for Considerationp. 51
About New Thingsp. 53
Thomas Aquinas: A Foundation of Catholic Social Thoughtp. 53
Rerum Novarump. 60
Social Justice and Rerum Novarump. 73
Fr. John A. Ryan: Rerum Novarum in Americap. 74
Some Questions for Considerationp. 77
Personalism and Human Rightsp. 79
The Personalist Philosophy of Jacques Maritainp. 80
The United Nationsp. 82
Catholic and Americanp. 84
Pacem in Terrisp. 92
Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin: Personalism in Practicep. 103
The Aims and Means of the Catholic Workerp. 107
Some Questions for Considerationp. 110
Christ's Love Impels Usp. 112
The Church in the Worldp. 114
Freedom, Conscience, and Truthp. 128
Integral Human Developmentp. 134
Some Questions for Considerationp. 145
Liberationp. 147
A Call to Actionp. 148
The Moral Voice from Latin Americap. 154
The Blood of the Martyrsp. 164
Justice in the Worldp. 171
Evangelization and Justicep. 179
Some Questions for Considerationp. 181
Human Work on God's Earthp. 184
On Human Workp. 185
A Catholic Environmental Ethicp. 198
Migration/Immigration in Catholic Thoughtp. 207
Some Questions for Considerationp. 210
Solidarity and Justicep. 212
Racism and Catholic Moral Thoughtp. 226
Capital Punishment and Catholic Moral Thoughtp. 234
The Consistent Ethic of Lifep. 235
Some Questions for Considerationp. 237
Creating a Culture of Peacep. 239
Centesimus Annusp. 240
Catholic Thought on War and Peacep. 257
Some Questions for Considerationp. 267
Conclusion: Out of the Book and into the Worldp. 269
Notesp. 273
Indexp. 285
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