Presentation on theme: "Principles of Catholic Social Teaching"— Presentation transcript:
1Principles of Catholic Social Teaching Learn them,sdrawkcab and forwards!
2CST Principles #1 Life and Dignity of the Human Person Food for thought:What are some examples of people whose life and dignity are being disrespected and/or abused?Life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is to be respected.Christians are called to be for human life and to help others live to the fullest.
3CST Principle #2 Call to Family, Community and Participation All people are equal and have the right and duty to participate fully in all aspects of human society.Those who are not able to fully participate are said to be:MARGINALIZED, or outside the main group.Examples:educationpoliticsculturereligioneconomy
4Food for thought:Who might we consider to be marginalized (not able to fully participate) in our society today?
5CST Principles #3 Rights and Responsibilities All people have human rights.Rights are conditions or things that any person needs to be fully human.All people must be challenged to live up to human responsibilities.Examples:basic right to lifesurvival rightsthrival rights
6Survival Rights Rights that are necessary for people to be able to live. food and watershelterbasic health care
7Thrival Rights Rights to those things necessary to become everything God intended us to be. Also, the right to:live by one’s consciencelive by one’s religionlive without discriminationeducationemploymentsafe environmentcertain material goods
8With rights come responsibilities. Rights are not unlimited. We have the responsibility for:the good of othersthe good of the whole societyWe are responsible for the well-being of our neighbor.
9SubsidiarityDecisions affecting the community should be made at the lowest level possible.Governments and large organizations exist only to serve the good of:human beingsfamiliescommunitiesExample:1. city2. county3. state4. federal
10Food for thought: What rights do we have as members of a community? What responsibilities do we have to the community?
11CST Principles #4 Option for the Poor and Vulnerable We are called to emulate God by showing a special preference for those who are poor and weak.We put the needs of society’s most poor and vulnerable members first among social concerns.Reminder:The poor & vulnerable are not only without money, but are also deprived of their basic rights or of equal participation in society.
12Why this concern for the poor and vulnerable? Not because they are more valuableBut because their need is greater.Food for thought:Who are the poor andvulnerable in the U.S. today?Whose need is great?
13CST Principles #5 Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers Work exists for people, not people for work.The value of work is measured by whether it promotes the human dignity of the worker.Work well done contributes to the common good.Work provides families with the things they need to live and flourish.
14Food for thought:What is it about work that helps us to feel our human dignity?What does work contribute to your sense of well-being and worth?
15Workers’ Rights Those things that contribute to the dignity of work: Food for thought:What recent news stories disclose situations where these rights may have been violated?Right to:employmentdecent and fair paya safe workplacehonest employersorganize and join unions
16CST Principles #6 Solidarity We are all responsible to:Stand by the poor and vulnerableTake action to support the violation of rights.Learn more about the situations of those whose rights have been violated.Put ourselves in their position (metaphorically or literally).
17Food for thought:Think of examples of people you know who practice the principle of solidarity.
18CST Principles #7 Care for God’s Creation We are called to live our faithin relationship with all of God’s creationand to be stewards of that creation.Protect the health of peopleProtect the health of the planet
19Food for thought:Make a list of examples where our society has misused its stewardship -- destroying the balance between human need and protection of creation.
20Recap of Principles (remember, sdrawkcab and forwards!) Life and respect for human dignityCall to family, community, and participationRights and responsibilitiesOption for the poor and vulnerableThe dignity of work and rights of workersSolidarityCare for God’s creation
21World Realities that challenge these principles: RacismDrug trafficking & abuseDenial of basic rightsMaterialismApathyPoverty wagesReligious discriminationClass & economic divisionsPhysical abuse: children, prisoners, etc.Corruption