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homeless in nyc, ophans in peru, lepers in ghana. to see the beauty of the human person and resilience of human spirit
What qualities do all religions have in common
1. experimental and emotional
2. artistic and material
3. narrative or mythic
4. doctrinal and philosophical
5. practical and ritual
6. social and institutional
7. ethical and legal
Examples of Commonalities
beliefs and practices
Why is it important that we study religions different from our own?
gain clearer understanding of our faith, and why we believe it, more accepting and open of different people, dispel false fears
How has Church teaching changed in ref to other faiths?
John 23 denounced rejection of JEws in Second Vatican to engage all different religions together, ecumenism, the realization that different religions can receive god's grace
How should we approach the study of religions
we must engage in dialogue with people of other religions and to be respectful and open
Catholic Social Teaching
Social justice teaching of the church dealing witht he body of Church doctrine originating from what god reveals about the truth of human dignity, human solidarity and the moral principles of justice and peace
teachings of the hebrew prophets who proclaim god's special love for the poor. and called god's chosen people to be just, loving, and peace filled
Essential part of Catholic Faith
we are in the lord's presence in the world today and he needs our wisdom and idealism to help establish a just world. we can witness christian faith
View of Human person/God
Chrisitans view the human person as god's image aka the divine image. endowed with a human soul with two great powers- intellect and free will
Human dignity recognizes that we are endowed with a value and are worthy of honor and esteem despite being sinners
Pope Leo 13 1981
adresses the deplorable plight of the industrial workers. protection of the weak and poor
Prudence-faculty of right reason
Temperance-moderates the desire for physical goods
Justice-how we provide what is due to others
fortitude- the character to be courageous in conflict
given to us by god
Faith-power of belief
Hope-relying on God's effort and the holy spirit
Charity-virtue that empowers us to love our neighbor
speaks to the responsibility of basic human dignity to guarantee the sharing that is necessary to protect the common welfare
based on the principle between what is given and what is received between individuals and private groups
opposite of distributive whereby citizens have a responsibility to the government such as following laws
seeks to apply the gospel to society structures to ensure all people have a fair say in social political and economic institutions
Biblical Foundations of justice
God's nature and action-jesus
Covenant-justice is symbolized and measured
Prophets-rise up to call the people to return to god and to remember the commands of justice
Jesus-god's love is incarnate
Our discipleship-justice is demanded of those who are baptized into the life death and resurrection of jesus
SJ Encylicals and the Bishop's pastoral letter address
problems in the world having to do with social justice themes as well as dignity and rights of human beings which form the course of catholic social teaching.
essay on the poor
preferential love for the poor that allows one to see things from the perspective of the poor and powerless and to assess lifestyle policies and social institution in terms of their impacts on the poor
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