homeless in nyc, ophans in peru, lepers in ghana. to see the beauty of the human person and resilience of human spirit
joseph abducting children from their homes and forcing them to be soldiers in NU
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
sacred stories/scripture beliefs and practices sacred time sacred places/spaces
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
Big questions all religions seek?
what is the meaning of life? What is our purpose?
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
1 Principle CST
1. Human Dignity
2 Principle CST
2. Respect for Life
3 Principle CST
3. Family, Community, Participation
4 Principle CST
4. Rights and duties
5 Principle CST
5. Common Good
6 Principle CST
6. Option for the Poor
7 Principle CST
7. Work and Workers
8 Principle CST
9 Principle CST
10 Principle CST
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
Papal letter sent to all bishops of the Roman Catholic Church
Pope Leo 13 1981 adresses the deplorable plight of the industrial workers. protection of the weak and poor
Virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do good
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
Charity and Justice
charity works immediate reactions justice has long term effect
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
the sum of spiritual conditions needed for a person to achieve full human dignity.
Elements of Common Good
Respect for person the social well being and development peace and security
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.
nature of humanity
humans are naturally and innately good
teaches that justice and human welfare are best achieved at the most immediate level.
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
represents all people of the world who are being protected by a garment from death. The fabric of our society rips and grays every time that the death penalty is used.