Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

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  • ISBN-13: 9781574556926
  • Publisher: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 124,887
  • Age range: 16 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    Catholic Church's doctrines on many issues and questions

    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.

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  • Posted October 31, 2010

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    A Great, But Underutilized Resource

    This is a great book on the social teaching of the Catholic Church. It should be on the shelf of every Catholic

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