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Unit Two Morality and Justice
Terms in this set (22)
A group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of the individual members
The sum total of conditions which allow people to reach their fulfillment more fully and easily.
The voluntary and generous engagement of a person in social interchange
Respect for the human person and the rights which flow from human dignity and guarantee it
Principles of CST: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
All life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This is the foundation of all the principles of out social teaching.
Principles of CST: Call to Family, Community, and Participation
Human beings are social by nature and how we organize society (economy, politics, etc.) directly affects human dignity.
Principles of CST: Rights and Responsibilities
Social Justice can only be achieved if human rights are respected and protected and responsibilities are met.
Principles of CST: Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
Catholic teaching upholds that in a society, we must put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first
Principles of CST: The Dignity of Work and the Rights of workers
Rights to productive work, decent/fair wages, decent working conditions, join unions, obtain private property, have economic initiative, etc.
Principles of CST: Solidarity
We are one human family, regardless of national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We must treat all people as bothers and sisters.
Principles of CST: Care for God's Creation
We show our respect for God by caring for his creation - stewardship of creation is a requirement of our faith
structures of sin
Social structures or institutions that reflect, reinforce, or encourage personal sins, and make it easier to do what is wrong/evil.
Root Causes of Injustice
Create structures of sin
Obstacles to Justice
Uphold structures of sin
any human action that causes harm to the life and dignity of another person
Spiral of Violence
the tendency of violent acts to escalate as each party in a conflict responds to an injustice or an act of violence with an even greater act of violence
Two feet of social action
works of charity and works of justice
works of charity
Help people meet basic needs and alleviate the suffering of those feeling the effects of injustice
works of justice
Remove the root causes of social injustice and improve structures in society to promote the values of social justice
Two Poles of social justice
Solidarity and Subsidarity
Union of one's heart and mind with all people. Solidarity leads to the just distribution of material goods, creates bonds between opposing groups and nations, and leads to the spread of spiritual goods such as friendship and prayer.
The moral principle that large organizations or governments should not interfere with, or take over, responsibilities that can be administered by individuals and local organizations, but rather should support them, always with a focus on the common good.
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