By Chris Korzen
At the eve of an important presidential election in many years, A state FOR ALL sounds the trumpet to the thousands and thousands of U.S. Catholics who've refused to shop for the concept that individuals of religion needs to sign up for the slim schedule of the a long way correct. by way of shining the sunshine of real Catholic instructing on urgent modern issues like warfare, human dignity, poverty, and the looming worldwide weather difficulty, this ebook indicates Catholics how their very own religion culture calls them to take on a sweeping array of concerns ordinarily omitted of the religion and politics conversation. most vital, A state FOR ALL demonstrates how the center Catholic and Christian trust in selling the typical strong promises americans of all religion traditions with a much-needed way to the downward spiral of greed, materialism, and over the top individualism.
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Extra info for A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division
You’re not alone. In the United States, Catholicism often has a distorted reputation 19 20 A NATION FOR ALL for focusing primarily on issues of personal morality and downplaying social concerns, a reputation driven in large part by individuals who foster this perception in order to further a particular political agenda. In reality, the Church embraces a wide mission in the world that includes promoting the full dignity of the human person and tackling such essential issues as workers’ rights, poverty, the environment, and war.
Workers, in the Catholic social tradition, have essential human rights: to a just and living THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL TRADITION 27 wage that will support workers’ families, to organize and bargain collectively through trade unions, to safe and to humane working conditions, and to leisure time to spend with their friends and families. Employees have a responsibility to hold up their end of the bargain, but so too must employers take an active role in protecting these essential rights. Rights, Responsibilities, Participation The Catholic social tradition teaches that all human beings have both a right and a responsibility to participate in the economic, political, and cultural life of society.
Although restoring the common good requires that all of us make better individual choices, we are not arguing that building a nation for all is merely an individual or private enterprise. On the contrary, it requires that we look at the function of every structure of society— our politics, our pop culture, our businesses, and all levels of government. We also need leaders who have the courage and conviction to hold these structures to a higher THE COMMON GOOD 11 standard, to embrace the notion that in the long run, we all do better when we take care of everyone.