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Common Ground: CCC 1928-1948

by PastorMinton on November 14th, 2017

PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST

SECTION ONE: MAN’S VOCATION

CHAPTER TWO: THE HUMAN COMMUNITY

ARTICLE THREE: SOCIAL JUSTICE

Pope John Paul II wrote, “What is at stake is the dignity of the human person, whose defense and promotion have been entrusted to us by the Creator, and to whom the men and women at every moment of history are strictly and responsibly in debt” (paragraph 1929, citing Sollicitudo rei socialis (1987) 47).

The foundation for social justice comes with the idea of respect:
* “respect for the rights that flow from his dignity as a creature. These rights are prior to society and must be recognized by it” (paragraph 1930).
* “respect for the principle that ‘everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as “another self,” above all bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity'” (paragraph 1931).

Every human being is “created in the image of the one God and equally endowed with rational souls, all men have the same nature and the same origin” (paragraph 1934). Although every human is equal, there are major differences between people. “These differences belong to God’s plan, who wills that each receive what he needs from others … These differences encourage and often oblige persons to practice generosity, kindness, and sharing of goods” (paragraph 1937).

The call for social justice must begin and focus on this respect and equality. When we set these things aside, we lose the whole idea of justice in society. Christians must relate to each other with love and respect for each other. This does not mean condoning and promoting sin. God created humans to be social beings. God designed society to uplift and support the individual. For these reasons we should pursue social justice.

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