Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Catholic Social Teaching: A beacon and leaven for Europe

Cardinal Turkson's words:

Catholic Social Teaching – what can it offer?

As a language of faith and reason, rooted in the Scriptures and in dialogue with the human sciences, the Church’s social tradition is as old as the Scriptures and the Church herself. It has grown over the centuries in response to society’s challenges, and it continues to do so today.

The biblical starting point of social teaching is the goodness of God’s creation, damaged but not destroyed by the Fall. In coming to save us, the God-man Christ entered into our world. Called to co-operate with God, we are likewise sent out into the world to cultivate and care for it, and to bring the new life of the redemption into all those areas marked by abuse, degradation and death. God’s grace enables us to resist whatever dehumanizes and to promote the greater good.

Today, in order to re-humanize our fragile societies, we must begin to imagine economics and politics worthy of the human person. Accordingly, Pope Francis, addressing the participants of the 2014 World Economic Forum at Davos, emphasized

… the importance that the various political and economic sectors have in promoting an inclusive approach which takes into consideration the dignity of every human person and the common good. I am referring to a concern that ought to shape every political and economic decision, but which at times seems to be little more than an afterthought. Those working in these sectors have a precise responsibility towards others, particularly those who are most frail, weak and vulnerable.

Source: (Vatican Radio) "Giving Europe a Soul" is the title of a Conference taking place in Poland focusing on diversity within brotherhood and on the need for a social ethical network in a unified Europe.

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