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Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action Paperback – October 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1442210134 ISBN-10: 1442210133 Edition: Second Classroom

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  • Paperback: 210 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: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, vice president of student affairs, Catholic Memorial High School)

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, Loyola University Chicago)

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., Anna and Joseph LoSchiavo Chair in Catholic Studies and Social Thought, University of San Francisco)

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, Stonehill College)

I like the updated sections that serve to make the text more relevant and current and real! (Mary Ann Baran, Notre Dame College)

About the Author

Thomas J. Massaro, S.J., is dean of Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

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Father Thomas Massaro is a Jesuit priest of the New England Province who is dean of Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, a graduate school of theology located in Berkeley, California. Immediately before becoming dean, he was professor of moral theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He taught for eleven years at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge before coming to Boston College in 2008. He holds a doctorate from Emory University in Christian social ethics, three masters degrees in philosophy and theology, and a bachelors degree from Amherst College.

His work in Christian social ethics draws upon wide-ranging studies in political science, economics, philosophy and theology. Among the topics his books, articles and lectures have addressed in recent years are welfare reform, globalization, peacemaking, environmental concern, and the ethics of voting and patriotism. He enjoys speaking at academic conferences, diocesan workshops and parish settings on topics of social justice and civic responsibility.

Fr. Massaro's teaching interests include Catholic social ethics, theories of economic justice, sociology of religion and the history of Christian political thought. His research focuses on how Catholic social teaching can contribute to a constructive consensus on responsible public policies.

Besides writing and teaching courses on Catholic social teaching, religion in public life and ethical dimensions of the economy, Father Massaro seeks to maintain a commitment to hand-on social activism. He recently completed a term on the Peace Commission of the City of Cambridge and is a founding member of the steering committee of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Todd A Risser on October 5, 2013
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Hanna on June 2, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Parker on April 3, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Mendoza Hipp on March 11, 2014
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It gives you a wider perspective of the world and social issues. It's not just one more book about justice, it's a tool to unsderstand the world and our relationships with others, environment, society, etc. If you read this book you will not be disspointed at all, justi give yourself a chance to grow more as a person.
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