Violence: The Church teaches that violence is any human action that causes harm to the life or dignity of another person. It is linked to the spiral of violence which states that all violent acts have a tendency to escalate as each party in a conflict responds to an injustice or an act of violence with an even great act of violence. The parts of the spiral of violence is basic injustice, violent response, violent counter-response, escalating violence, and violence ends temporarily; followed by more injustice.
Some of the challenges of violence is sometimes our anger and impulses cause us to unintentionally hurt others. We may want our enemies to hurt the same way we do. However, if we learn to love those who hurt us as Jesus did, we can suppress our impulses. The Church's teaching on violence can uplift human dignity by loving everyone, even those who many hurt us, because it is what God wanted. Opposition to violence brings us back into communion with God and one another by respecting the life and dignity of others without harming them. Being made in God's image and likeness allows us to deepen our relationship with God, while growing closer to others.
War and Peace: The Church teaching on war and peace reflect the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. The Church believes that with injustices among people and nations, a constant hunger for wealth and power, and arms race peace cannot exist. Some challenges to war and peace is the Church faces the combating views of our society and our government. Being a selfish society, we often ignore that calls to peace and nonviolence. The government also sometimes implements ideas about war that contradict the Church's teachings. The Church's teaching uplifts human dignity by telling us that it is morally wrong to wage war against others, we must instill peace and treat everyone with dignity that God gave them. Communion with God and one another is also evident in this teaching by bringing peace into the world and eliminating violence that is found in our society.
Sexual Exploitation: The Church teaches that sexual exploitation is morally wrong as it harms the integrity of others through the sexual abuse of youth in exchange for money, drugs, food, etc. This topic is problematic today because it is seen everywhere, especially through the media. It is upheld through masturbation, fornication, pornography, lust, human trafficking, and prostitution. The Church's teaching uplifts human dignity for showing the goodness that comes from being in a relationship for the right reasons and not partaking in sins against chastity. We are in communion with others as we reflect God's purpose for the gift of our sexuality. It brings us back into communion with God and one another because we are caring about other's, and ourselves, needs and safety. We are putting God first by following in his image and likeness.
Racism: The Church teaches that racism is a topic that is prevalent in our society today and needs to be addressed. This topic may be problematic because racism is a controversial issue that many people don't feel comfortable discussing. However, if we do not address the problems, they will never be solved. Racism can drive barriers between opposing sides if we do not support equality. The Church's teaching on this issue uplifts human dignity because we all have God-given dignity that cannot be taken away based on our skin color. It brings us into communion with God and one another because God wants goodness for everyone, which means that we must love all people and seek goodness for every person. We must respect and protect the human life and dignity. When our relationship with others grows, our relationship with God grows as well.
Migration and Immigration: The Church teaches that it is important to treat everyone, like migrants and immigrants, with the same dignity and respect that God instilled within us. Both immigrants and migrants have played a major role in our salvation history and perform work in jobs that are necessary to keep our country improving. This topic is problematic today because some people are not as open and accepting of others as the Church urges them to be. May think that immigrants and migrants are a safety hazard or costing them taxpayer money, which isn't always the case. The Church's teaching uplifts human dignity by using a call to family, community, and participation. Human dignity is restored when we provide everyone with the basic necessities needed to live. We are brought back into communion with God and one another by allowing others to enter our country safely and providing them with the items they need to survive. We put others before ourselves, which is what God wanted, allowing us to follow in God's plan.
Care for Creation: The Church teaches that humans have the responsibility to care for the Earth, in doing so, we show our respect for God. However, this topic is problematic today because we have not taken care of our Earth properly, and thus created an environmental challenge that is a fundamental more and ethical issue that cannot be ignored. The Church's teaching uplifts human dignity by telling us that if we care for the Earth, we are making a better life for ourselves, the people around us, and the generations to come. If we work together, we can restore God's gift. By loving and nourishing the Earth, we are doing the same to all humans. It brings us back into communion with God and one another because we love God and his creation, us, above all else. We care for all of God's creation. We can come together as one to care for the Earth.
Hunger and Poverty: The Church teaches that hunger and poverty is a result of human sin. It is our goal to care for the poor and vulnerable because their needs are greater than our own. The topic is problematic today because there are so many people in the world who are suffering in impoverished environment, where our world as a whole, has the goods to take care of them. Many people don't want to recognize the fact that there are people without food, water, or a home, that truly need our help. The Church's teaching uplifts human dignity by telling us that we must treat one another as God's brothers and sisters. We must care for and protect all the people who cannot support themselves. By loving and helping others, we are following in God's image by treating every person with their God-given dignity. This brings us back into communion with God and one another as we work together to support those in need through clothing/food drives, volunteering at homeless shelters, and going on mission trips. We must focus on others and give to those who truly need it. If we work as a whole community, we follow in God's path to aid the poor and vulnerable.
Labor and Economics: The Church teaches that it is important to instill the dignity of work and the rights of workers in our society today. Labor was not meant to be unpleasant, unpleasantness resulted after the Fall when the relationship between humans and the Earth was damaged. Work should promote the common good in which works can participate in ownership and decision making of the bussiness they work for. Workers should also have the right to rest on the Sabbath day. This topic is problematic today because work can sometimes be unpleasant as our relationship with one another and the Earth is forever damaged. People in higher standings in workplaces may take advantage of their workers or the system in general. The Church's teaching uplifts human dignity as work is suppose to promote the common good, and positively include all humans, as a whole. Human dignity is uplifted when people are treated with respect and dignity in the workplace. The Church's teaching on labor and economics brings us back into communion with God and one another as we work together to promote a positive and supportive work environment. By working together to make the workplace equal, we are following in God's plan: to treat everyone with dignity and respect.