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Offers readers the insight and inspiration to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ, the "glad tidings to the poor," here and now.

This exploration of Catholic social teaching focuses on its basic principles and the challenges they pose to Christians today. In this revised and updated edition, Mich highlights the key themes of Catholic social teaching-valuing all creation, the dignity of all human being, the need for community, the option for the poor, the importance of human ...

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Overview

Offers readers the insight and inspiration to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ, the "glad tidings to the poor," here and now.

This exploration of Catholic social teaching focuses on its basic principles and the challenges they pose to Christians today. In this revised and updated edition, Mich highlights the key themes of Catholic social teaching-valuing all creation, the dignity of all human being, the need for community, the option for the poor, the importance of human rights and responsibilities, the dignity of work, and the need for solidarity-and their relevance for today's world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570759451
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 684,490
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Understanding the Terminology 6

Seven Themes-A Starting Point 8

Reading the Signs of the Times 10

Social Analysis and the Pastoral Circle 11

Types of Authority in the Church 14

1 The Challenge of Being Prophetic: Gospel and Culture 17

The Nature of Discipleship 18

Living the Gospel in U.S. Culture 20

Following Christ in a Consumer Culture 22

Christian Scriptures 29

Early Church Tradition 33

A Prayer for Social Justice (Pope Pius XII) 39

Discussion Questions 40

2 God's Gift of Creation 41

Sister Dorothy Stang 41

Our Lived Experience 44

Biblical Perspectives 45

From Boniface to Francis of Assisi 50

Creation as the Sacrament of God 51

The Voices of the Popes and Bishops 53

Prayer of St. Basil 63

Discussion Questions 64

3 Human Dignity: Respect for Every Life 65

All Have the Same Human Dignity 67

Cardinal Bernardin and the Consistent Ethic of Life 70

Building a Culture of Life 75

The Death Penalty 79

Sex Trafficking 86

Prayer for Life 89

Prayer for Justice 89

Discussion Questions 90

4 Community, Family, Participation 91

The Community of the Trinity 93

The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching 99

Teachings on Family in Early Christianity 105

Family Since Vatican II 107

Prayer for Community 112

Discussion Questions 113

5 Option for the Poor 114

An Ancient yet New Teaching 116

Latin American Roots of the Option for the Poor 120

The Option for the Poor Articulated in Catholic Social Teaching 124

A Religious and Political Option 127

Catholic Campaign for Human Development 130

Farmworkers and Immigrants 131

How Do We Make an Option for the Poor 135

Prayer for the Poor 137

Discussion Questions 138

6 Rights and Responsibilities 139

Biblical Perspectives 140

The Church and Human Rights 146

Civil Rights, Responsibilities, and Racism 153

Church Teaching on Racism 157

Economic Rights and Responsibilities amid Poverty 161

Pope Benedict's Encyclical: Caritas in Veritate 164

Prayer for Basic Rights 167

Discussion Questions 168

7 The Dignity of Work and Workers' Rights 169

The Imbalance of Power 172

Biblical Perspectives 176

The Teachings of the Church 178

Global Working Conditions 181

The Dignity of Work 184

Just Wage 188

United Farm Workers' Prayer 198

Discussion Questions 198

8 Solidarity: War and Peace 199

Solidarity: Ancient Concept, Recent Term 199

A Theology of Solidarity 202

Forgiveness as a Building Block of Peace 205

The Way to Peace: Defend Life 209

The Bible on Solidarity and Peace 213

The Early Church and Its Legacy 214

Just War Arguments 216

Pacifism 221

Nonviolence 222

Reconciliation, Forgiveness, Peace-building, and Spirituality 227

Ongoing Conversion 228

A Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Prayer for Peace 229

Discussion Questions 230

Notes 231

Catholic Social Teaching: Selected Bibliography 255

Related Websites 256

Index 257

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    Well worth reading!

    I am taking an online social justice course for the next 5 weeks. This book will help me so much, and yet it is not a required text for the course. Nevertheless, I am so happy that I came upon it in time for the course>

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