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Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church Paperback – March 7, 2005
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"The new Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, released in March in the United States, makes it unmistakably clear that the Church proposes something much more profound --(Henry Berry Reviewer's Bookwatch 20050501)
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Overstatement? Perhaps. I admit to being a huge fan of JPII, but I'm a bigger fan of the One he served so faithfully. I have also had the ability to work full-time in the area of social justice in a faithfully Catholic organization and have often been dismayed by the misunderstandings that many have of Catholic Social Teaching.
There seems to be a large group of non-Catholic or semi-Catholic people who do great work "in the trenches" serving as Christ has called us all to do, but often do so with a hostility toward the Church and her teachings. There also seems to be another group of Catholics who are faithful in general to the Church's sacraments and moral teachings, but don't take the Church's call to solidarity with the poor very seriously. Christ's admonitions to both types of people are easy to find in the Gospel, so there is little need to go into that here, but this volume gives a wake up call to all of us if we will hear it.
If you are Catholic, then you are called to be with and serve those who need our help (Solidarity and Subsidiarity - two key principles). It is not for us to choose to let government do it (sorry, Socialists), to serve with bitter revolutionary intent (ditto, Marxists), or to simply insulate ourselves from the less fortunate, sick and needy with material wealth (sound familiar anyone?).Read more ›
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The challenge is putting it into action -- we are better at talking than doing1Published 12 months ago by William Uebelher
An essential document for understanding Catholic teaching.Published 13 months ago by warren falgout
The Compendium of the Social Doctrine is a composite of Papal Encyclicals and Church Councils, such as the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World from the Second... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mark