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Church, State, and Society: An Introduction to Catholic Social Doctrine (Catholic Moral Thought) Paperback – February 18, 2011
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The text is too rich for me, in this space, to comment on many details, but I see as the central theme of the book Professor Benestad's conviction that what matters above all is our discernment of, and then commitment to, the theological and cardinal virtues which, he tells us, his students so rarely understand, at least when they matriculate.Read more ›
Would that our clergy will pick up this exceptional exposition of the True intentions of Mother Church's social teaching as we try to follow Christ's two most important commandments, love God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul, and your neighbor as yourself. Dr. Benestad goes back to the 4 cardinal virtues and the 3 theological virtues. Sadly, access to a true understanding of these virtues has been obscured by modern thinking that encourages us to hold contradictory philosophies in our minds. Notions of justice have been so badly distorted in part by being reduced to a material dialectic that fulfills some deluded desire for lowest common denominator equality. Not until "Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other" (Ps. 85:14) will we have true justice and things in their proper order.
Fr. Schall write of the roots of "social justice" and explains that the term is redundant and irrelevant for those that know their history and that understand the virtue of justice. Justice is giving the other his due and is social in its roots. What is now called "social justice" is merely ideology rooted in worldly things, and as Dr.Read more ›