Christian Social Principles: The Complete Guide to Catholic Social Teaching

Christian Social Principles: The Complete Guide to Catholic Social Teaching

By Sr. Mary Consilia O'Brien, O.P., Ph.D.
Product Code: 9781644136164

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In her in-depth examination of Catholic Social Teaching in Christian Social Principles , Sr. Mary Consilia O'Brien, O.P., Ph.D. provides the most clear-eyed description of this foundational subject ever written. She delves into the Church's authentic teachings on human dignity, as well as man's freedoms and responsibilities to society. She explains when individual liberties must trump social control and when they must not. Most importantly, she explains the ultimate goal of society, toward which all of its activities must be directed.

Each chapter is skillfully crafted to appeal to both students and adults, and includes a probe of the content, practical examples, excerpts from St. Thomas Aquinas' writings, quotes from encyclicals, discussion questions, and additional study resources. In Christian Social Principles, you’ll also learn:

  • The Church’s teachings on communism, liberalism, and capitalism
  • How free will is the source of our obligations to society
  • Why Communism is a natural offspring of Liberalism
  • How freedom of thought and action is a false concept that can degenerate into license
  • Why neither the “liberty” of Liberalism nor the “equality” of Communism can serve as the reliable cornerstone of a social order
  • Why no one can be both a sincere Catholic and a true Socialist
  • Why norms of morality must be universal in scope across society
  • Why the work of government will be of little avail without religion to enlighten the mind
  • Why justice alone can never bring about a union of hearts and minds

Paperback, 480 pages.
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