An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought (Introduction to by Michael P. Hornsby-Smith

By Michael P. Hornsby-Smith

Michael Hornsby-Smith bargains an summary of Catholic social proposal rather in fresh many years. whereas drawing on authentic instructing similar to papal encyclicals and the pastoral letters of bishops' meetings, he's taking heavily the necessity for discussion with secular notion. The publication is geared up in 4 phases. half I outlines the diversity of household and foreign injustices and seeks to supply a social research of the reasons of those injustices. half II bargains a theological mirrored image at the features of the dominion of God which Christians are recommended to hunt. half III studies Catholic social idea in six major components: human rights, the relatives and bioethical concerns, financial lifestyles, social exclusion, actual improvement, and struggle and peace. half IV completes the cycle with a attention of applicable social motion responses to the injustices which the writer has pointed out and analysed.

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Inequality of wealth & income Health Unemployment Social mobility Key exemplars a. economists b. political scientists c. politicians American Conservatism European social market High and increasing; of no cultural concern Relatively poor; highly inequitable Relatively low Relatively low Lower and social concern to reduce Relatively good; less unequal Relatively high Some Hayek; Friedman Strauss; Nozick Reagan; Thatcher Keynes; Beveridge Tawney; Rawls Roosevelt; Delors Source: based on Will Hutton, The World We’re In, London: Little, Brown, 2002 The public realm was salient for this reason and citizenship values were important.

25 The prevalent view would deny that there is any way in which one person’s view of what is ‘natural’ can be verified above that of anybody else’s conflicting view. For believers, the Ten Commandments provide important guidelines though even here there are exceptions: the poor have the right to take and eat someone else’s food if they are starving, and the State has the right to kill in legitimate defence. Part of a common contemporary perception is that religion is not always benign. Religious conflicts have been pervasive throughout history.

12 Saunders noted that in the social market model in Germany, collective success and cooperation and longer-term concerns were more important and argued that ‘capitalism cannot sustain a healthy society of happy individuals unless it is underpinned by some sort of shared moral 7 8 9 Gray 1998. Christie and Warburton 2001; Duchrow 1995; Hertz 2001; Jacobs 1996; Klein, 2001, 2002. Saunders 1995: 1–9. 10 Gray 1998: 130. 11 Turner 2001: 135. 12 Hutton 2002; Saunders 1995. 13 While the American model of capitalism ‘has degenerated into selfishness and corruption’, the European model places greater emphasis on training and the role of trade unions and welfare.

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