Catholic Social Thought

Catholic Social Thought : American Reflections on the Compendium

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Catholic Social Thought presents detailed commentary and response to the Vatican's 2005 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, with contributions from outstanding American scholars. Addressing theology, social theory, the family, economy, government, labor, global society, gender, peace, and the environment, the various authors explore the core theology, explain the Compendium's themes and arguments, and apply their own intellectual powers to applications of its teachings. Some of the essays are largely expository, some more critical (in both positive and negative senses). Some operate from a standard of magisterial assent in conformity with Ad Tuendam Fidam, others do not. Together, the essays represent the range of Catholic thinking on social issues in the American Church more

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  • Hardback | 218 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739123114
  • 9780739123119

About Donald Paul Sullins

D. Paul Sullins is professor of sociology at the Catholic University of America. Anthony J. Blasi is professor of sociology at Tennessee State more

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This invaluable reference tool is essential for those seeking a clear and comprehensive introduction to Catholic social thought, as well as a Catholic-informed social-science and social-policy perspective on these and countless other subjects. The Catholic Answer This book is a valuable summary and scholarly examination of this major, crucial social document of the Catholic Church. It explores, with considerable thoroughness, the Compendium's content, sources, perspectives, and the questions it discusses. It is certain to become a standard in the literature on the Compendium. -- Stephen M. Krason, Society of Catholic Social Scientistsshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Principles of Catholic Social Thought Chapter 3 The Gift and Mission of Love: The Theological Dimension of Catholic Social Teaching (Compendium Chapter One) Chapter 4 The Social Theory of Catholic Social Teaching (Compendium Chapter Four) Part 5 Criteria for a Just Society Chapter 6 Criteria for a Just Society: The Intellectual Method of the Compendium as Illustrated in its Treatment of the Family (Compendium Chapters Two and Five) Chapter 7 Labor (Compendium Chapter Six) Chapter 8 Economic Life in Catholic Social Thought and Economic Theory (Compendium Chapter Seven) Chapter 9 Serving the Person through the Political Community (Compenium Chapter Eight) Chapter 10 Towards a Caring International Community (Compendium Chapter Nine) Chapter 11 Catholicism and Universal Environmental Ethics (Compenium Chapter Ten) Chapter 12 The Promotion of Peace in the Compendium (Compendium Chapter Eleven) Chapter 13 Woman and the Catholic Social Tradition Part 14 Implications Chapter 15 Concrete Applications to U.S. Research and Actionshow more