Catholic Social Teaching: Themes (continued)

Political Participation. Democratic participation in decision-making is the best way to respect the dignity and liberty of people. The government is the instrument by which people cooperate together in order to achieve the common good. The international common good requires participation in international organizations.


Economic Justice. The economy is for the people and the resources of the earth are to be shared. Labor takes precedence over both capital and technology in the production process. Just wages and the rights of workers to organize are to be respected.


The Dignity of Creation and Ecological Responsibility. Creation is also the image of God and is thus inherently sacred. People are part of the community of creation and must respect, use carefully, and share the resources of the earth. Our work makes us co-creators in the continuing development of the universe.


Global Solidarity. We belong to one human family and as such have mutual obligations to promote the rights and development of all people across the world, irrespective of national boundaries. In particular, the rich nations have responsibilities toward the poor nations and the structures of the international order must reflect justice.


Promotion of Peace. Peace is the fruit of justice and is dependent upon right relationship among humans, among nations and between humans and the earth community. Progressive disarmament take place if the future is to be secure. In order to promote peace and the conditions of peace, an effective international authority is necessary.

Adapted from Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret, by Michael J. Schultheis, Ed P. DeBerri, and Peter J. Henriot, Center of Concern/Orbis Books, 1988).

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