Living Justice

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2008-02-28
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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This new Classroom Edition of the top-selling Living Justice retains the broad coverage of Catholic social teaching in the first edition with expanded use of tables and figures to enhance the pedagogic value of Fr. Massaro's clear, insightful book. Additionally, new coverage is included to focus on the environment and globalization from a Catholic perspective. By drawing on scripture, tradition, world events, and living examples of heroism and holiness, ranging from the simple to the extraordinary, Living Justice develops students' understanding of Catholic social teaching and provides inspiration for a committed life of service.

Author Biography

Thomas Massaro, S.J., is professor of moral theology and director of the S.T.L. Program at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Social Justice and the Mission of the Churchp. 1
The Religious Motivation for Social Justice Effortsp. 3
Social Mission and Church Moralep. 7
Sharing "Our Best-Kept Secret"p. 8
From "Charity Alone" to a Justice Orientationp. 9
Looking Aheadp. 14
Questions for Reflectionp. 14
Topics for Further Researchp. 15
Going Public with Your Faithp. 17
Bridging Two Distinct Worldsp. 17
Tertullian's Questionp. 19
The Perils of the Crusading Spiritp. 22
Religious Idealism: Its Contribution to Politicsp. 25
Maintaining a Delicate Balancep. 27
Together on Pilgrimagep. 29
Questions for Reflectionp. 30
Topics for Further Researchp. 31
Inheriting the Tradition of Catholic Social Teachingp. 33
The Documentary Heritagep. 34
A Look Back to the Nineteenth Centuryp. 40
Pioneers of Social Catholicismp. 43
The Writing of the Social Encyclicalsp. 46
Questions for Relfectionp. 52
Topics for Further Researchp. 52
The Sources and Methods of Catholic Social Teachingp. 55
The Four Sources of Christian Ethicsp. 56
Universal Principles and Local Applicationsp. 75
Questions for Reflectionp. 76
Topics for Further Researchp. 77
Nine Key Themes of Catholic Social Teachingp. 79
The Dignity of Every Person and Human Rightsp. 80
Solidarity, Common Good, and Participationp. 84
Family Lifep. 87
Subsidiarity and the Proper Role of Governmentp. 89
Property Ownership in Modern Society: Rights and Responsibilitiesp. 91
The Dignity of Work, Rights of Workers, and Support for Labor Unionsp. 95
Colonialism and Economic Developmentp. 97
Peace and Disarmamentp. 103
Option for the Poor and Vulnerablep. 112
Questions for Reflectionp. 116
Topics for Further Researchp. 117
The Role of Catholic Social Teaching Todayp. 119
A Blueprint? An Ideology? A "Third Way"?p. 119
The Catholic Critique of Communismp. 126
The Catholic Critique of Capitalismp. 129
Applying Catholic Social Teaching in the Real Worldp. 134
Commitments to Social Justice: Heroic and Ordinaryp. 140
Questions for Reflectionp. 142
Topics for Further Researchp. 144
Future Directions for Catholic Social Teachingp. 145
Four Continuities: Further Shifts in Emphasisp. 145
Two New Challenges: The Environment and Globalizationp. 158
Spreading the Word about Catholic Social Teachingp. 171
The Surprising Futurep. 175
Questions for Reflectionp. 176
Topics for Further Researchp. 177
Annotated List of Resources for Further Studyp. 179
Indexp. 185
About the Authorp. 191
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