Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action

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This new Classroom Edition of the top-selling Living Justice retains the broad coverage of Catholic social teaching in the first edition with an expanded use of tables and figures to enhance the pedagogy in Fr. Massaro's clear, insightful book. New coverage focuses on the issues of the environment and globalization from a Catholic perspective. By drawing on scripture, tradition, world events, and living examples of heroism and holiness, Living Justice develops students' understanding of Catholic social teaching ...
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Overview

This new Classroom Edition of the top-selling Living Justice retains the broad coverage of Catholic social teaching in the first edition with an expanded use of tables and figures to enhance the pedagogy in Fr. Massaro's clear, insightful book. New coverage focuses on the issues of the environment and globalization from a Catholic perspective. By drawing on scripture, tradition, world events, and living examples of heroism and holiness, Living Justice develops students' understanding of Catholic social teaching and provides inspiration for a committed life of service.

About the Author:
Thomas Massaro, S.J., is professor of moral theology and director of the S.T.L. Program at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College

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Editorial Reviews

Brian Scott
Massaro provides a necessary companion text to any course that deals with issues of social justice, the role of the Church in the modern world, or the relationship between religion and public policy. It is simultaneously academically rigorous and easily accessible to students. Broad, honest, and practical, it serves a variety of courses and invites much needed dialogue between religion that has become increasingly privatized in the public square.
Jon Nilson
This new, updated edition of Living Justice will be enthusiastically welcomed by all who want to give their students an accurate, comprehensive, and reader-friendly introduction to Catholic social teaching.
James R. Stormes
I am grateful for this updated edition of Tom Massaro's Living Justice. I have used the earlier edition for several years now, and my students have found it a clear and accessible presentation. However, as Fr. Massaro notes, Catholic social teaching is not a static genre as Benedict XVI extended and enriched it with his Encyclical Caritas in Veritate in 2009. The new edition integrates this important contribution, particularly in Benedict's treatment of the global economy and the environment. I continue to find particularly helpful the Questions for Reflection provided at the end of each chapter, as well as the quite useful section on Applying Catholic Social Teaching in the Real World, always the challenge for my students and for all of us in the Church.
Peter H. Beisheim
I enthusiastically endorse the text for the following reasons:

1. The text balances and integrates very well the historical development of Catholic Social Teaching, the core values of CST, and its application to present day and future societal issues.

2. The “Questions for Reflection” at the end of chapters is an excellent pedagogical feature. I will recommend to my students that they read the questions first in order to provide them a context in which to read the specific chapter.

3. For courses and programs that require a strong writing component, Massaro’s suggestions contained in the 'Topics for Further Research' provide a valuable assistance for both students and instructor.

4. The interdisciplinary nature of the text would be an excellent requirement for a 'Learning-Community”'project which links a Catholic Social Teaching course with an appropriate course in Political Science, Sociology or History or as a supplemental text in any course exploring Social Justice regardless of the discipline.

5. The text is extremely accessible to undergraduates, parish adult education programs and at the same time quite appropriate for the graduate level course.

Mary Ann Baran
I like the updated sections that serve to make the text more relevant and current and real!
New Theology Review
[A] splendid little book. Massaro achieves his aims well in this very readable resource, useful not only for the general Catholic population, but also for Church leaders, educators, and activists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442210134
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/8/2011
  • Edition description: 2nd Classroom Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 411,379
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Massaro, S.J., is Professor of Moral Theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He has a doctorate from Emory University, and is the author of numerous articles and Catholic Social Teaching and United States Welfare Reform.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface

Chapter 1: Social Justice and the Mission of the Church
The Religious Motivation for Social Justice Efforts
Social Mission and Church Morale
Sharing "Our Best-Kept Secret"
From "Charity Alone" to a Justice Orientation
Looking Ahead
Questions for Reflection
Topics for Further Research

Chapter 2: Going Public with Your Faith
Bridging Two Distinct Worlds
Tertullian's Question
The Perils of the Crusading Spirit
Religious Idealism: Its Contribution to Politics
Maintaining a Delicate Balance
Together on Pilgrimage
Questions for Reflection
Topics for Further Research

Chapter 3: Inheriting the Tradition of Catholic Social Teaching
The Documentary Heritage
A Look Back to the Nineteenth Century
Pioneers of Social Catholicism
The Writing of the Social Encyclicals
Questions for Reflection
Topics for Further Research

Chapter 4: The Sources and Methods of Catholic Social Teaching
The Four Sources of Christian Ethics
Universal Principles and Local Applications
Questions for Reflection
Topics for Further Research

Chapter 5: Nine Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
1) The Dignity of Every Person and Human Rights
2) Solidarity, Common Good, and Participation
3) Family Life
4) Subsidiarity and the Proper Role of Government
5) Property Ownership in Modern Society: RIghts and Responsibilities
6) The Dignity of Work, Rights of Workers, and Support for Labor Unions
7) Colonialism and Economic Development
8) Peace and Disarmament
9) Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
Questions for Reflection
Topics for Further Research

Chapter 6: The Role of Catholic Social Teaching Today
A Blueprint? An Ideology? A "Third Way"?
The Catholic Critique of Communism
The Catholic Critique of Capitalism
A New Encyclical Treating Global Markets and Business Ethics
Applying Catholic Social Teaching in the Real World
Commitments to Social Justice: Heroic and Ordinary
Questions for Reflection
Topics for Further Research

Chapter 7: Future Directions for Catholic Social Teaching
Four Continuities: Further Shifts in Emphasis
Two New Challenges: The Environment and Globalization
Spreading the Word about Catholic Social Teaching
The Surprising Future
Questions for Reflection
Topics for Further Research

Annotated List of Resources for Further Study
Index
About the Author

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