By Michael P. Hornsby-Smith
Michael Hornsby-Smith bargains an outline of Catholic social suggestion really in fresh many years. whereas drawing on reputable educating reminiscent of papal encyclicals and the pastoral letters of bishops' meetings, he's taking heavily the necessity for discussion with secular idea. The e-book is geared up in 4 levels. half I outlines the range of family and overseas injustices and seeks to provide a social research of the explanations of those injustices. half II deals a theological mirrored image at the features of the dominion of God which Christians are advised to hunt. half III studies Catholic social concept in six major components: human rights, the kin and bioethical concerns, fiscal lifestyles, social exclusion, genuine improvement, and battle 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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They argue that communal values needed for social cohesion have been diluted. Concerns have been growing at the ravages inflicted on ecosystems by cavalier and unregulated forms of liberal capitalism. Among the consequences of present economic arrangements is the loss of large numbers of animal species. Climate changes threaten Introduction 15 millions of people in low-lying areas of the world as the tsunami and Hurricane Katrina illustrated only too clearly. 8 What the above examples indicate is that there are social structures of injustice which have social consequences, quite apart from the personal faults of individuals.
16 An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought ACTION RESPONSES So what actions can be taken in response to the structural injustices which can be identified? Modern technologies of instant TV news conveyed into our living rooms have enabled us to see far beyond our own personal experiences. However, while our compassion may be raised, the big challenge for Christians today is to know how to respond adequately to the suffering and need, both local and global, which can be seen. We noted earlier that there are two distinct types of compassionate response to social need or suffering: the amelioration of suffering or the satisfaction of some need, on the one hand, and the removal of the causes of that suffering and need by means of political action.
This, in turn, requires a third stage of theological reflection on the injustices and their causes in the light of scripture and emerging Catholic social thought. Paolo Freire13 stressed the need for both ‘action’ and ‘reflection’. He argued that without action there is just ‘verbalism’ or idle chatter. Without reflection there is ‘activism’ which makes true dialogue with others impossible. Dialogue is necessary to liberate people from oppression. Finally, in the fourth stage, a pastoral response in actions aimed at eradicating the injustices by political action which addresses the root causes of injustices is encouraged.
An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought (Introduction to Religion) by Michael P. Hornsby-Smith