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Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
The 'concise but complete overview of the Church's social teaching' runs some 225 pages. The principles of the many facets of Catholic social work are specified 'to sustain and foster the activity of Catholics in the social sector, especially the activity of the lay faithful.' There's no guidance on the practicalities or pragmatics of realizing the principles; the 'Compendium' is not a how-to. Parts of it are almost theological in tone, e. g., 'God's Plan and the Mission of the Church.' And other parts such as those dealing with the 'way of love' or alluding to the 'new heaven' and the 'new earth' are visionary and inspirational. Half a dozen or more footnotes on every page point to historical or doctrinal bases for the principles; most of which are found in papal encyclicals. The family, peace, human rights, work, and politics are major sections. An 'Analytical Index' of 150 pages takes one to any particular topic one is looking for. The format is each of the numerous social principles in italics followed by brief commentary in regular type. The 'Compendium' is not only a comprehensive new edition gathering Catholic doctrine relating to social work. With recurring references to moral issues raised by advances in medicine, globalization, and other contemporary matters, it carries these principles into today's world and its central social developments.
Good Summary of Papal and Church Documents The Compendium of the Social Doctrine is a composite of Papal Encyclicals and Church Councils, such as the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World from the Second Vatican Council. The majority of the Ten Principles of Catholic Social Justice as outlined by Fr. William Byron SJ in the 1998 America magazine are handsomely addressed with footnotes. Although there is no chapter on Respect for Human Life, the papal encyclical "The Gospel of Life" by Pope John Paul II is frequently quoted. A chapter on the environment is noted, although stewardship is not mentioned. The term Magisterium first introduced by Pope Pius IX at the First Vatican Council is frequently used throughout the Compendium, to refer to the teaching function of the Church. All in all, the Compendium is a valuable reference for further studies on Social Justice.
This is a great book on the social teaching of the Catholic Church. It should be on the shelf of every Catholic