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Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action Second Classroom Edition

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Massaro provides a necessary companion text to any course that deals with issues of social justice, the role of the Church in the modern world, or the relationship between religion and public policy. It is simultaneously academically rigorous and easily accessible to students. Broad, honest, and practical, it serves a variety of courses and invites much needed dialogue between religion that has become increasingly privatized in the public square. (Brian Scott)

This new, updated edition of Living Justice will be enthusiastically welcomed by all who want to give their students an accurate, comprehensive, and reader-friendly introduction to Catholic social teaching. (Jon Nilson)

I am grateful for this updated edition of Tom Massaro's Living Justice. I have used the earlier edition for several years now, and my students have found it a clear and accessible presentation. However, as Fr. Massaro notes, Catholic social teaching is not a static genre as Benedict XVI extended and enriched it with his Encyclical Caritas in Veritate in 2009. The new edition integrates this important contribution, particularly in Benedict's treatment of the global economy and the environment. I continue to find particularly helpful the Questions for Reflection provided at the end of each chapter, as well as the quite useful section on Applying Catholic Social Teaching in the Real World, always the challenge for my students and for all of us in the Church. (James R. Stormes, S.J.)

I enthusiastically endorse the text for the following reasons: 1. The text balances and integrates very well the historical development of Catholic Social Teaching, the core values of CST, and its application to present day and future societal issues. 2. The “Questions for Reflection” at the end of chapters is an excellent pedagogical feature. I will recommend to my students that they read the questions first in order to provide them a context in which to read the specific chapter. 3. For courses and programs that require a strong writing component, Massaro’s suggestions contained in the 'Topics for Further Research' provide a valuable assistance for both students and instructor. 4. The interdisciplinary nature of the text would be an excellent requirement for a 'Learning-Community”'project which links a Catholic Social Teaching course with an appropriate course in Political Science, Sociology or History or as a supplemental text in any course exploring Social Justice regardless of the discipline. 5. The text is extremely accessible to undergraduates, parish adult education programs and at the same time quite appropriate for the graduate level course. (Peter H. Beisheim)

About the Author

Thomas J. Massaro, S.J., is professor of moral theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Second Classroom edition (October 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442210133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442210134
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a Nazarene pastor. Evangelicals have tried to write on social issues, but we sound like little kids compared to the developed, well thought out, theologically grounded material available in Catholic social teaching. We really don't need to re-invent the wheel, our Catholic friends have done the heavy lifting for us. This book summarizes the material in the 13 or so Papal encyclicals from 1891 to present, and yet is easy to read. Extremely well written and reader friendly.Outstanding.
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Probably the most up-to-date assemblege of Catholic Social Thought...even though used in an MA-Theology course I was taking it's not overly-scholarly. It's perfect for any lay-person or individual who wants a simple yet thorough answer to what might otherwise be a rather complex question: "Just what the heck is Catholic Social Teaching?" Recommend.
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Such a thorough, lovingly- put together book. One of those books you keep forever and go back to. I did lots of highlighting and note-taking and thinking. I wish that I could share this book in a bookclub type environment.
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By MARY on December 11, 2013
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THIS BOOK WAS VERY READABLE FOR A SUBJECT I FIND A BIT OVER MY HEAD! I READ THIS BOOK AS REQUIRED READING FOR A CLASS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE. IT WAS VERY READABLE. THE ONLY COMPLAINT I HAVE ABOUT THE KINDLE VERSION IS THE WAY THE TABLES DISPLAYED. THEY WERE BASICALLY UNREADABLE. THE INSTRUCTOR PRINTED SOME OF THEM OUT AND THEY HAD A WEALTH OF INFORMATION SUMMARIZED. IT'S TOO BAD I COULDN'T READ THEM. (OR DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO DISPLAY THEM ON MY KINDLE.)
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This book is very well written and detailed. This is a very interesting book! It came to me in great condition! Thank you!
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Very good condition
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