Introducing Catholic Social Thought

ISBN-10: 157075862X

ISBN-13: 9781570758621

Edition: 2010

Authors: J. Milburn Thompson

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An introduction to Catholic social teaching, including the recent encyclicals of Benedict XVI, that focuses on the spirit of Catholic social thought and its application in our twenty-first century. The first chapter describes the general development of Cathlic social thought and the following five chapters each deal with a specific theme: faithful citizenship, economic justice, human rights, war and peace and the consistent ethic of life, and care for the earth. Each chapter identifies key documents and explores their meaning and how they are applied today. Stories of key practitioners include figures ranging from Cesar chavez and Mother Teresa to the Berrigans, Bill and Melinda Gates, Bono an Joan Chittister.
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Orbis Books
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Overview of the Text
The Development of Catholic Social Thought
Definitions and Terms
The Major Documents of Catholic Social Teaching
History and Development
Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament)
Christian Scriptures (New Testament)
The First Six Centuries - The Patristic Period
The Medieval Period (600-1453)
The Reformation and the Age of Conquest (1492-1740)
The Church Confronts the Industrial Age (1740-1958)
The Reactionary Period (1740-1878)
The Reform Period (1878-1958)
The Period of Transformation (1958-present)
Conclusion
Changes in the Theoretical Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching
Different Understandings of the Church
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Faithful Citizenship: The Church and Politics
A Theological Basis for a Relationship between Faith and Politics
A Private Faith versus a Public Faith
The Politicization of the Church
John Courtney Murray and the Contemporary Relationship between Church and State
The Church and the World: The Social Mission of the Church
Christianity and Social Progress
Peace on Earth
Vatican II's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World
Paul VI and A Call to Action
John Paul II: Unimplemented Innovations
Justice in the World
Paul VI's Evangelization in the Modern World
Benedict XVI: Charity Is Constitutive of the Church's Mission
Values and Principles That Guide the Church's Approach to Public Policy
Human Dignity, Realized in Community
The Common Good
Participation
Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and Socialization
Social Sin and Structures of Injustice
Option for the Poor
Human Rights
Torture: A Clear Violation of Human Rights
Immigration: A Case of Human Rights in Conflict
Political Advocacy
Conclusion
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Economic Justice
C�sar Ch�vez and La Causa
The Dignity of Work, the Priority of Labor, and the Rights of Workers
The Dignity of Human Work as Based in the Dignity of the Worker
The Priority of Labor over Capital
The Rights of Workers
A Spirituality of Work
The Social Purpose of Private Property and Material Possessions
The Preferential Option for the Poor
Authentic Development as a Response to Global Poverty
A Tough Read
Bono: Activist for a World without Poverty
Conclusion
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
War and Peace
A Brief History of Christian Thought on War and Peace
Pacifism/Nonviolence
Just War
Jus ad Bellum - Why and When Recourse to War Is Morally Permitted
Jus in hello - Restraints on How the War Is Fought, the Conduct during the War
Crusade/Holy War
Catholic Social Teaching on War and Peace during the World Wars
Benedict XV and World War I
Pius XI and the Rise of Totalitarianism
Pius XII and World War II
Catholic Social Thought on War and Peace in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
Catholic Social Teaching on War and Peace during the Cold War (1945-90)
The Catholic Peace Movement
John Paul II and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Post-Cold War World
Issues in Catholic Thought on War and Peace after September 11, 2001
Controversies and Developments in the Just War Tradition
Just Peacemaking as a Normative, Supplemental Paradigm
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
A Consistent Ethic of Life and Care for the Earth
Cardinal Bernardin and the Consistent Ethic
Rooted in Initiatives by the Laity
The Seamless Garment in Catholic Social Teaching
The Controversy over the Consistent Ethic
An Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethic
Dorothy Stang: Martyr of the Amazon
Catholic Social Teaching and the Environment
Key Themes in the Church's Teaching on the Environment
Some Questions regarding the Church's Environmental Ethic
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Conclusion
Problems and Weaknesses of Catholic Social Teaching
Contributions and Strengths of Catholic Social Teaching
Notes
Selected Bibliography on Catholic Social Thought
Index
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