A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division

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On the eve of the most important presidential election in decades, A NATION FOR ALL sounds the trumpet to the tens of millions of U.S. Catholics who have refused to buy the notion that people of faith must subscribe to the narrow agenda of the far right. By shining the light of authentic Catholic teaching on pressing contemporary concerns like war, human dignity, poverty, and the looming global climate crisis, this book shows Catholics how their own faith tradition calls them to tackle a sweeping array of issues ...
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Overview

On the eve of the most important presidential election in decades, A NATION FOR ALL sounds the trumpet to the tens of millions of U.S. Catholics who have refused to buy the notion that people of faith must subscribe to the narrow agenda of the far right. By shining the light of authentic Catholic teaching on pressing contemporary concerns like war, human dignity, poverty, and the looming global climate crisis, this book shows Catholics how their own faith tradition calls them to tackle a sweeping array of issues commonly left out of the faith and politics dialog. Most important, A NATION FOR ALL demonstrates how the core Catholic and Christian belief in promoting the common good can provide Americans of all faith traditions with a much-needed solution to the downward spiral of greed, materialism, and excessive individualism.
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At the dawn of the 21st century, Americans are more divided than ever across political, economic, social, racial and religious lines. In this unoriginal call to action, Korzen and Kelley bemoan this division, urging American society to return to its unified roots by focusing on the common good. According to the authors, a politics of division encourages everybody to look out for themselves and not for each other. They trace the roots of poverty, war, climate crisis, abortion and inadequate health care to such division and point to a rich Catholic social tradition as a way of recovering an emphasis on the common good. The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church teaches that human dignity and human rights-such as the rights to food, housing, work and education, among others-provide the foundation for the common good. The authors provide a short survey of Catholic social teaching (though they mysteriously leave out John Courtney Murray, the most famous Catholic proponent of the common good) and explain key themes of that social teaching, including solidarity and the preferential option for the poor. (May)

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At the dawn of the 21st century, Americans are more divided than ever across political, economic, social, racial and religious lines. In this unoriginal call to action, Korzen and Kelley bemoan this division, urging American society to return to its unified roots by focusing on the common good. According to the authors, a politics of division encourages everybody to look out for themselves and not for each other. They trace the roots of poverty, war, climate crisis, abortion and inadequate health care to such division and point to a rich Catholic social tradition as a way of recovering an emphasis on the common good. The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church teaches that human dignity and human rights—such as the rights to food, housing, work and education, among others—provide the foundation for the common good. The authors provide a short survey of Catholic social teaching (though they mysteriously leave out John Courtney Murray, the most famous Catholic proponent of the common good) and explain key themes of that social teaching, including solidarity and the preferential option for the poor. (May) (Publishers Weekly, March 24, 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118486375
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,044,701
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Korzen is co-founder and executive director of Catholics United. He served as executive director of the Catholic Voting Project in 2004 and 2005 after working as an organizer with the Service Employees International Union and Pax Christi USA.

Alexia Kelley is a principal founder and executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. She has served in diverse capacities with nongovernmental organizations committed to poverty reduction, social justice, and the environment. For nearly a decade, she worked in media, outreach, and development at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Catholic Church's national anti-poverty program.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. Casey, Senator Robert P., Jr.

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 The Common Good 1

Origins of the Common Good 3

A Catholic Vision of the Common Good 4

Restoring the Common Good 9

Challenges to the Common Good 9

Building a Culture of the Common Good 10

Rebuilding the Common Good for Our Families, Jobs, and Environment 14

2 The Catholic Social Tradition 19

Surprising or Familiar? 20

Key Themes of the Catholic Social Tradition 23

The Dignity of the Human Person 24

The Common Good 24

Solidarity 25

Subsidiarity 25

The Preferential Option for the Poor 26

The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers 26

Rights, Responsibilities, Participation 27

Universal Destination of Goods 27

Stewardship of God's Creation 28

Peace 28

Popes and Principles 29

The Workers' Pope: Leo XIII 29

The Social Justice Pope: Pius XI 31

A Pope for the Common Good: John XXIII 32

Engaging the World: Vatican II 33

The Human Development Pope: Paul VI 34

The Life and Social Justice Pope: John Paul II 35

The Pope of Love and Hope: Benedict XVI 37

Living the Catholic Social Tradition 39

3 Church and State 43

The Truth About Separation 46

A Place for Faith 48

The Importance of Compromise 51

Church and State in the Catholic Tradition 53

Political Compromise and the Culture of Life 57

4 Voting Catholic 65

Catholics and the Religious Right 67

Theology and the Politics of Division 73

Voting for the Common Good 78

Inform Your Conscience 79

Use Prudence 79

Vote for the Common Good 80

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship 81

5 An Agenda for the Common Good 83

Poverty: TheRoot of All Problems 86

Abortion 92

The Global Climate Crisis 96

Health Care 98

War 100

Immigration 102

6 Practicing the Common Good 105

Conviction or Cowardice? 109

Civility or Destruction? 112

Compromise or Disengagement? 115

Persuasion or Coercion? 118

Faith, Politics, and the Future of America 119

Resources on Catholic Social Teaching and the Common Good 125

Election Day Checklist 137

The Authors 139

Index 141

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