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By Chris Korzen

At the eve of an important presidential election in many years, A state FOR ALL sounds the trumpet to the hundreds of thousands of U.S. Catholics who've refused to shop for the suggestion that folks of religion needs to sign up for the slender time table of the a ways correct. via shining the sunshine of actual Catholic instructing on urgent modern matters like struggle, human dignity, poverty, and the looming worldwide weather hindrance, this publication exhibits Catholics how their very own religion culture calls them to take on a sweeping array of concerns regularly disregarded of the religion and politics conversation. most vital, A state FOR ALL demonstrates how the center Catholic and Christian trust in selling the typical reliable gives you american citizens of all religion traditions with a much-needed technique to the downward spiral of greed, materialism, and over the top individualism.

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The Catholic social tradition is inspired by a primary concern for the dignity of the human person. As Catholics, we believe that we are all created in the image of God and therefore have an inherent and essential worth. We also believe that we are social beings, and as such, can truly thrive only in society. Our church is particularly concerned with ensuring that our social policy promotes both the dignity of all and the common good. These two themes are interdependent. Preserving the dignity of the human person requires a responsibility to the common good, as social realities and structures have a powerful effect on the well-being of the individual.

Xxviii INTRODUCTION help Catholics act locally to promote an authentic vision of the common good. org), has built a new kind of grassroots presence in the Catholic community, using the Internet to mobilize Catholics who traditionally have not considered themselves activists, and tackling some important legislative initiatives that bear on the common good. In 2007, it worked to advance policy to bring the Iraq War to a responsible end and to expand heath care coverage for uninsured children, going so far as to challenge a number of members of Congress who had voted against the latter legislation.

But the idea that part of being Catholic means applying the Christian message to the social problems of our world was to both of us, as it is to all who discover the Catholic social tradition, already deeply familiar. 22 A NATION FOR ALL What is this tradition, both surprising and familiar to so many Catholics? First of all, it tends to go by many names. We refer to it in this book as the Catholic social tradition, but it’s also called Catholic social teaching, Catholic social doctrine, and even the Catholic social magisterium.

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